While some doubt the intentions, officials say recent changes are part of a gradual transition of power.
Aid agencies in northern Myanmar say tens of thousands of ethnic Kachin people are facing food shortages and health problems.
The Kachin, one of many ethnic groups in Myanmar, have been fighting for greater autonomy since the country gained independence from Britain more than six decades ago.
A 17 year ceasefire with the government was broken in June, after a dispute over a government project to build a dam in the state.
Over the past six months, around 30,000 people have been displaced and in the makeshift refugee camps, conditions are difficult.
Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports.