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Viet Nam: Government Inspectors ’Must Be Independent’
Source: vietnamnet.vn
Source Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Focus: Citizens’ Service Delivery
Country: Viet Nam
Created: Aug 01, 2010

VietNamNet Bridge – The Government Inspectorate must be legally independent, National Assembly Legislative Committee chairman Nguyen Van Thuan said yesterday, July 26.
The chairman, who was offering an assessment of the draft Inspection Law to the National Assembly Standing Committee, said this requirement was not contained in the proposed legislation.
The draft law made the inspectorate an agency of the Government, he said.
This meant the Government leader would have the authority to approve inspection programmes; choose inspectors and issue any final conclusions.
National Defence and Security Committee chairman Le Quang Binh agreed.
"The Government Inspectorate" should become the National Assembly-approved "State Inspectorate" and have the independence of the State Auditor, he said.
National Assembly vice chairman Nguyen Duc Kien said the State Inspectorate should work independently of both the legislature and the executive to ensure its integrity and objectiveness.
If inspectors answered to Government agencies, it was important that their leaders were pro-active in making decision after violations were found, he said. They must be responsible for the integrity and objectiveness of inspection conclusions.
The vice chairman emphasised that the draft law must more clearly define and delineate the competence of inspectors and managers of Government agencies during inspections as well as the punishment of offenders.
The law should also regulate specific punishment for inspectors and overseers of Government agencies found transgressing but the proposed legislation did not stipulate further inspections nor how to deal with wrongdoing, he said. The Standing Committee also discussed the necessity of having special-purpose inspectorates.
But Finance and Budget Committee chairman Phung Quoc Hien said special-purpose inspectorates would probably mean numerous inspection units without ensuring efficiency.
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