Land law amendments and anti-corruption highlighted at party leader’s meeting with voters

VIETNAM, May 13 –

Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng (second from right) meets voters in Hà Nội yesterday. — Photo VNA/VNS

HÀ NỘI — Amendments to the land law and the fight against corruption were among the issues discussed at a meeting between Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng and Hà Nội voters yesterday.

Before any session of the National Assembly in Việt Nam, the deputies generally meet the voters. On Tuesday, Trọng met with voters in three districts of Đống Đa, Ba Đình and Hai Bà Trưng. The in-person meeting took place at the Đống Đa District People’s Committee office and was broadcast to 56 other sites.

At the meeting, Constituent Phan Quan Bách, from Thanh Nhàn Ward, Hai Bà Trưng District, said people greatly appreciate the anti-corruption efforts, quoting Trọng as saying, “no no-go zones, no exceptions, continuously, more and more radically”.

These efforts have resulted in the detection and arrest of offenders, including high-ranking officials, he said, adding that voters also applauded the establishment of the provincial anti-corruption steering committee which was decided at the Party Central Committee meeting a few days ago.

“It’s a very timely policy. Unity from the central level to local governments would better prevent and detect violations,” Bách said, calling for more investigations and strictly dealing with major corruption and economic cases, including including cases involving large corporations.

The voter also said that the implementation of the 2013 land law revealed shortcomings, including many “loopholes” that create conditions for corruption in the land sector leading to loss of state assets and people and manipulations of the land market.

“Deputies of the National Assembly should pay attention to the amendment of the land law,” he said. The Amended Land Law Bill should have been discussed in the third session of the 15th AN which will start on May 23, 2022. However, it was removed from the agenda of the AN as the government proposed to delay submission of the bill due to new issues that require more time to be considered, according to the NA office announcement last month.

Constituent Phùng Huy Đan of Trung Phụng Ward, Đống Đa District, also said that the NA should change the land law soon so that the land can be used for good purposes and effectively prevent corruption and negativity. land-related issues that have caused concern and frustration.

Party General Secretary Trọng replied that the land issue was high on the agenda of the Party Central Committee meeting that ended on Tuesday.

The Committee urged the National Assembly to study and consider amending the land law in the near future to maximize the potential and benefits of the land.

“However, amendments to the law to promote its strengths are not straightforward,” he said.

He added that it was necessary to study and summarize in a strategic, practical and continuous way.

“The land issue should be solved step by step and gradually improved,” he said.

Regarding the prevention of corruption and wrongdoing, Trọng pointed out that the Central Committee and the Politburo are determined in this task.

In consultation with the Central Anti-corruption Steering Committee, during the 5th plenum of the Central Committee, it was agreed after consultation with all the localities to set up provincial anti-corruption steering committees.

“There will be guidelines and regulations for implementation, especially in the selection of personnel to promote efficiency in the Central Steering Committee,” he said.

“If an executive who joins the anti-corruption steering committee is corrupt, who will fight against him? Thus, committee members who break the rules will be severely punished,” Trọng said.

Regarding the fight against negativity, according to the general secretary, the focus is on fighting against the degradation of ideology, politics, morality and way of life that spoil people.

The Central Anti-Corruption Steering Committee has functioned well since its establishment.

In particular, during the first three months of this year, the prosecutor’s offices prosecuted and investigated 1,264 cases with 2,038 defendants, prosecuted 742 cases with 1,594 defendants and tried in first instance 737 cases with 1,567 defendants for crimes of corruption.

Many cadres, serving and retired senior civil servants, and provincial party secretaries have been sanctioned and punished.

Recently, the Politburo also imposed collective discipline on the leaders of a province, including the secretary, undersecretary, and president.

The Party leader suggested that Hà Nội be a pioneer in setting up a municipal anti-corruption steering committee – the first of its kind in the country. —VNS