Date of President Thein Sein’s visit to Chin state yet to be disclosed

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The proposed visit of Mr. Thein Sein, the President of the new government of Burma to Chin State for the first time since the general elections, has not been disclosed so far by the authorities.

“I will ensure that the President visit the state,” said a minister of the Chin state government.

Mr. Thein Sein had visited Chin state before the 2010 general elections in Burma. This will be his first visit as the President of the new elected government following decades of military dictatorship.

“Cultural dance performance is being organized for the President’s welcome programme. The preparations have been halted temporarily,” said a youth leader from Hakha, the capital of Chin state.

It is learnt that the Chin state government and local people are working towards improving road communication, the education sector, the electricity supply system and allowing foreign tourists to the state and will make a submission to the President on these counts.

Chin state wants high way construction in ZaKyi, Sagaing division from Hantawati to Mandaw, road construction in Chin state from Hakha to Mizoram, northeast India, setting up a university in the state, generation of hydro electric power in Dawn village in Than Tlang Township and allowing foreign tourists freely to the state. The Chin state government will submit these specific proposals to the President.

“We do not know whether Chin state will spend funds from the government coffers for the President’s visit. Funds are being collected from the people,” said a town elder.

Local town elders and social organizations of Hakha were ordered to prepare for the President’s visit and reception by the administrator of Hakha.

The Hakha Youth Fellowship’s monthly journal reported that the meeting relating to the President’s reception was conducted in the administration office of the New Market block of Hakha on March 16.

Some local people, however, speculated that Mr. Sai Mawk Kham, the Vice President of Burma will visit Chin state instead of the President. Khonumthung news

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