Vientiane Times, July 13, 2012
Land arrangements, concessions and compensation was the top issue raised by the public on the National Assembly (NA) hotline, it was stated during the Third Ordinary Session of the NA’s 7th Legislature. NA Office Deputy Head Mr Viseth Savengseuksa relayed this to media representatives yesterday at a press conference held adjacent to the NA session. “There were more than 280 calls on the hotline from members of the public giving their opinions and concerns during the 17 days of the session. Most of the calls related to land issues,” he said. Explaining further, Mr Viseth said that people generally understand about the country’s development process, but it often affects their livelihood as land management is not sufficiently effective and there is no other way to respond to new resettlement and land usage arrangements. “The people require the government to review compensation amounts for any new arrangements already agreed upon, taking into account all criteria,” Mr Viseth said.