GAD celebrates 30th anniversary

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The General Administration Department under the Ministry of Home Affairs celebrated their 30th anniversary at Hotel Max, Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday. Vice President U Henry Van Thio, as Chairman of the Ethnic Affairs, Public Affairs Management and Service Committee, delivered the opening speech at the anniversary celebrations.
The Vice President said the General Administration Department was reformed on 7 November 1988, thirty years ago, but has been handling administrative responsibilities for over 100 years.
He said the Union government is seeking to amend the Constitution to guarantee the rule of law, public socio-economic development of the people, national reconciliation and peace within the nation.
He said the nation must first have peace, to conduct development plans and establish a democratic federal union. He said if peace cannot be built upon, then national development cannot be achieved. In establishing peace within the nation, it is important to build the people’s trust on national reconciliation, he noted.

The Vice President also said the Union government is returning released farmlands from government ministries, companies and private businesses to their rightful owners, so that the public does not suffer from losses incurred.
He further noted that the staff from the General Administration Department needs to nurture compassion, kindness and empathy, while working in accordance
with the law during their involvement in the Central Committee for Re-scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands, and Other Lands and its subcommittees.
“As an administrative organization, when you are performing administrative tasks or implementing laws, rules and regulations, you must avoid hampering the fundamental rights of the citizens of the country and, instead, ensure they are exercised properly, without damaging the interest of the nation and society,” said the Vice President.

The Vice President mentioned that there are 316 One Stop Shops (OSS) opened in townships across the country. He said the OSS seek to administer a smoother experience, when providing basic services for the public, while simultaneously preventing bribery and corruption, and encouraging best service provider practices. He said this will increase the level of trust the public has in government departments.
Also, Vice President U Henry Van Thio encouraged employees of the General Administration Department to build themselves up to become model staff, saying that people will rely on the administrative machinery if it can guarantee community peace under the rule of law to their livelihood.
“You are obliged to fulfill the needs of the people, in accordance with the law. At the same time, you, governmental employees, are to work hard to become good public servants, while helping the people with sympathy and empathy,” said the Vice President.
He also stressed the need for governmental employees to understand the difficulties the people are facing, as the incumbent government is making efforts for achieving distinct wins in the transition to democracy by carrying out reforms, including providing public services.
“To emerge as a governmental machinery with high dignity, employees of GAD who are dealing with the people should avoid taking measures only when they are instructed by superiors or pointed out by the media” said U Henry Van Thio.
The Vice President also urged the employees of the General Administration Department to retain the good traditions of the department, while avoiding habits and manners that can cause the disintegration of GAD. He then presented awards to four One Stop Shops that have provided the best services to the public.
Afterwards, Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe presented awards to outstanding staff, while Union Minister for Border Affairs Lt-Gen Ye Aung recognized the Heads of Townships General Administration Department for their excellent performance in administration after the Muse Township, Mongkoe and Pansaing (Kyukok) towns were attacked by armed groups in Muse District. Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs U Tin Myint also honoured the outstanding employees of GAD with prizes and certificates of honour. The ceremony was concluded with dinner and performances.

MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)