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Bar raised for building inspectors

Update: May, 04/2013 - 10:00

A decree on the organisation of construction inspectors will come into force on May 15. Ministry of Construction chief inspector Pham Gia Yen spoke on the Government Portal about the new decree.

Some people have complained there are too many construction inspectors, but the quality of their work is poor. What do you think?

I don't think so. The comment is biased. In total we have 5,000 inspectors nationwide, including those who work in the Ministry of Construction and in city and provincial departments. In Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi, we also have building inspectors at lower levels – precincts, districts, communes and wards.

Generally speaking, inspectors are well trained and most have more than 10 years experience. However, I have to concede that inspectors working at the grass-roots level in HCM City and Ha Noi are sometimes not performing up to expectations.

There are several reasons for this, including inadequate training and lack of responsibility. These are the weak points we have to focus on.

Under the decree, there will be only two tiers in the building inspector system – in the ministry and provincial departments. How about those who currently work at the grass-root?

I just want to say that Decree 26 follows Decree 46/ND-CP issued in 2006. So there will be not much difference, except in Ha Noi and HCM City.

It should be recalled that in 2007, the Prime Minister signed the Decision 89/2007/QD-TTg to post construction inspectors at the commune/ward and precinct/district levels in Ha Noi and HCM City on a pilot scale.

However, under Decree 26, Decision 89 becomes null and void. With the new arrangement, I think inspectors working with construction departments in the two cities will have to spread their work loads all over their cities.

The new arrangement is a good opportunity to screen out those who have failed to accomplish their assignments and to encourage others to improve their work performance.

Let's hope the restructuring of the inspectors will boost their performance. In your opinion, how many inspectors will there be following Decree 26?

By late last year, there were 5,000 construction inspectors nationwide. If you ask me how many will remain in the job following Decree 26, I have to say I don't know. But one thing I can assure you is that those who remain in the job will be people of high quality and good work ethics.

Is your ministry ready to implement Decree 26?

In about 10 days the decree will come into force. We are developing a circular guiding agencies on how to organise their inspectors. The draft document is now on the tables of the two Construction Departments in HCM City and Ha Noi for comments.

I understand that the implementation of Decree 26 will be a challenge for the inspectors and their senior leaders as some articles in the Law on Inspection are not realistic.

While waiting for the provincial People Committees to approve the new arrangement for local construction inspectors, all inspectors must continue to do their work as normal. — VNS


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