By Chan Mya Htwe
Myanmar, February 15, 2016
The Ministry of Mines is preparing to amend the by-laws for a new mining law and has asked for suggestions and proposals.
Stakeholders can send their suggestions to the Department of Mines and Myanmar Gems Enterprise by March 6, the ministry said.
Once a law is enacted, by-laws must be drawn up within 90 days.
A spokesperson from Myanmar Gems Enterprise said a number of issues need to be addressed including a lack of safe places for jade mining companies to dispose of tailings in Kachin State’s Hpakant, which has resulted in a string of deadly landslides.
Since 2013, the ministry has proposed finding a common place far from residential areas, as well as new rules to ensure more systematic disposal.
The Ministry of Mines needs to increase supervision, while local companies and residents also need to comply, he said. “Rules and discipline are required. We cannot blame just one side.”