A report by the Ministry of National Planning and Business Development has said that the gap between rich and poor in Myanmar is widening.

According to the report, the government has only implemented only 32 percent of overall projects in the first six months of this fiscal year. The findings, submitted to parliament yesterday, are to be reviewed by a committee for planning and development.

The reports states that while the government reduced restrictions on big, small and medium enterprises, such policies have only further enriched advantaged companies and individuals while blue-collar workers and farmers are only getting poorer.

The report urges the government for more transparency from village to state level. Farmers are losing business because they have to pay big interests and some are becoming landless because well connected companies are still grabbing land.

The report says the government needs to decentralise and implement a system which ministries and government departments are accountable to the people and not just the president.

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