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Vietnam: Corruption, Poverty and Growth Concern the People
Source: http://vietnamnews.vn
Source Date: Monday, May 20, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: Viet Nam
Created: May 21, 2013

People from across the country have submitted over 1,700 messages expressing concern over the unsustainable growth of the national economy, corruption and the widening rich-poor gap, among other issues, to the National Assembly, which opens its fifth session today.

 

Regarding the draft amendments to the 1992 Constitution, they suggested that relevant agencies should take into account these suggestions in order to formulate the new draft. They added the NA and Government should continue to tackle stagnant production and trading by making it easier for enterprises to access loans.

 

The Government was asked to restructure State-owned enterprises and shut down those that generate losses and mismanage State capital.

 

Solutions should be put in place to deal with serious environmental pollution, deforestation, rampant mineral mining, unhygienic food and food with unclear origins.

 

The voters and people asked the Government to continue prioritising the improvement of infrastructure and quality of medical check-ups and treatment at district-level hospitals, as well as more hospitals to ease overcrowding in central-level facilities.

 

They said the quality of training for doctors and medical staff should be improved, specifically proposing the rotation of skilled doctors working at central-level hospitals to local-level medical clinics.

 

Additionally, the Ministry of Education and Training should improve education standards and clamp down on bad-quality schools, they added.

 

In the fight against corruption, State agencies must enhance inspections and supervision to deal with cases of corruption and wastefulness, especially serious cases that caught the public's attention.

 

At the same time, authorities should keep a close watch on law compliance in areas prone to corruption, wastefulness and negatives like the management of land, natural resources and minerals, construction investment, finance and public asset administration.

 

They called on the Government to direct ministries, departments and People's Committees at all levels to focus on handling unsettled, complex petitions.

 

They recommended setting up institutions to deal with complaints and denunciations. Particularly, the Law on Reception of Citizens should be submitted to the Government soon for adoption.

 

They hailed the issuance of a Resolution on confidence votes for those holding positions elected or approved by the NA and the People's Councils.

 

They said the NA should boost supervision while asking the ministers and heads of State agencies to be held responsible for running the sectors under their watch.

 

The fulfillment of promises made by the Cabinet members at the NA and NA Standing Committee's question-and-answer sessions should be closely overseen, the voters said.
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