According to U Aung Kyi Thein, spokesperson for the Mon state military council, there are currently no plans to disclose to the public the budget expenditures made by the departments under military rule.
U Aung Kyi Thein made the comment in response to a question from the Than Lwin Times about whether to publish the Citizens Budget and disclose corruption in the state of Mons, extortion of money by security forces and budgetary expenditure.
U Aung Kyi Thein said that the budgetary funds used by the regime’s ministries will not be revealed to the public because there are no parliaments like before and there is no mutual discussion.
Although the budget is used as usual by government ministries, he said he could answer the question but had no intention of informing the public.
Because the military council keeps the public in the dark about its spending plans, economists believe the funds have been wasted and corruption within the department could worsen.
The Citizens Budget was released during the fiscal year of the previous NLD administration so that the general public could study the department’s spending plans.
Local residents say that after the military coup in Mon State, the use of public funds by departments under the military council is no longer transparent and local development activities have declined.