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States of Burma 1948-1974

States  Karen (Kayin) - Kayah (Karenni)Shan State - Special Division Chin  - Divisions Mon - Arakan (Rakhine) -

Note
: At
independence on 4 Jan 1948, four autonomous national states (pranynai) were created: Kachin, Karen, Karenni (later Kayah), Shan States along with the the Chin Hills special division which was also granted autonomy.  Local autonomy was ended on 2 Mar 1962 and the constitution of 3 Jan 1974 formally abolished federal autonomy and created three additional states: Chin, Mon, and Rakhine.

States


Karen (Kayin)

 4 Jan 1948                 Karen state
14 Jun 1949 - Mar 1950      Karen rebels proclaimed their own separate state 
                              with its capital at Toungoo (Republic of Kawthoolei).
 2 Mar 1962                 Renamed Kawthule state, autonomy abolished.
 1 Jan 1974                
Renamed Kayen state.
18 Jun 1989                 English spelling changed to Kayin state.

Ministers of State for Karen Affairs
1950 - 1954                 Kaw Ka Sar
Jun 1954 - Jun 1955         U Aung Pa
Jun 1955 - Mar 1962         Saw Hla Tun                 (b. 1906 - d. ....)
Chairman of the Supreme State Council
Mar 1962 - Mar 1974         Saw Hla Tun                 (s.a.)



Kayah (Karenni)

 4 Jan 1948                 Karenni state
14 Jan 1952                 Renamed Kayah state
 2 Mar 1962                 Autonomy abolished.

Minister of State for Karenni Affairs
 4 Jun 1948 - 1962          Saw Mun Na
Chairman of the Supreme State Council
Mar 1962 - Mar 1974         U A Mya Lay



Kachin 

 4 Jan 1948                 Kachin state
 2 Mar 1962                 Autonomy abolished.

Ministers of State of Kachin Affairs
1948 - 1956                 Sama Duwa Sinwa Nawng       (b. 1914 - d. 1971)
                              (1st time)        
1956 - 1960                 U Zan Hta Sin
1960 - 1962                 Sama Duwa Sinwa Nawng       (s.a.)
                              (2nd time)
Chairman of the Supreme State Council
Mar 1962 - Mar 1974         U Ding Ratang



Shan State

[Shan State flag (Burma)]
                              Adopted 7 Feb 1947

 4 Jan 1948                 Shan States
24 Apr 1959                 Shan State
 2 Mar 1962                 Autonomy abolished.

Ministers of State for Shan Affairs
1948 - 1949                 Chao Saing Suk
1949 - 1958                 Sao Hkun Hkio               (b. 1912 - d. 1990)
 7 Nov 1958 - 1962          Sao Mam Hom Hpa
Chairman of the Supreme State Council

Mar 1962 - Mar 1974         U Tun Aye



Special Division


Chin

 4 Jan 1948                 Chin Hills special division
 2 Mar 1962                 Autonomy abolished.
 3 Jan 1974                 Chin state

Ministers of State for Chin Affairs
1948 - 1952                 Pu Vom Thu Maung
1952 - 195                Pu Shein Thang
1954 - 1958                 Pu Za Hre Lian (1st time)
Oct 1958 - Jan 1959         Pu Thang Lian
Jan 1959 - Dec 1959         Pu Ral Hmung
1960 - 1962                 Pu Za Hre Lian (2nd time)
Chairmen of the Security and Administrative Committee

Mar 1962 - 1972             Son Khaw (Kho) Lian                              Mil
1972 - 1974                 Khen Za Hmung                                    Mil



Divisions (from 1974, States)


Arakan (Rakhine)

 4 Jan 1948                 Arakan division
 3 Jan 1974                 Rakhine state


Mon

 3 Jan 1974                 Mon state created from portions of Thaninthayi division
                              and Bago division.





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