HA NOI — Speaking at a two-day cabinet meeting held in the capital city yesterday to review the past term's law-making work, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung praised the efforts of cabinet members to further perfect the nation's legislative process.
"The Party and Government consider the completion of our legal institutions as one of several recent strategic breakthroughs for the nation," Dung said
However, he said, more needed to be done to ensure that laws addressed the need of the people and of society as a whole.
"Any proposal for new law should be analysed thoroughly and scientifically," he said. "If they do not meet essential requirements, we should not waste our time and money on them."
The National Assembly and its Standing Committee passed 89 laws and ordinances in the 2007-11 term, of which 79 – or over 84 per cent – were introduced by the Government.
For the 13th National Assembly, with a term running to 2016, Dung assigned the Ministry of Justice to be the focal point in co-ordinating with other ministries and agencies to review and prepare legislation which was of urgent need to the nation.
During the meeting, the Government also discussed a number of laws currently in the draft stage, including the Law on National Reserves, the Law on Libraries, the Law on Publications and the Law on the Capital City.
On the issue of land leases and land allocations to farmers which will expire in 2013, Dung asked the National Assembly to extend the farmers' land use rights until the revised Land Law was completed and approved by the National Assembly. The farmers should be entitled to enjoy all rights pertaining to their land in accordance with the law, including the right to mortgage or use their land as collateral, he said.
Commenting also on a draft decree on the management and use of land under rice cultivation, Dung said, "Rice growing is a special means of production – a decisive factor in the country's food security. That's why we have to protect it strictly and use it efficiently."
He said the spirit of the decree was to maintain the stability of these growing areas.
"Any planning that would encroach upon rice-growing areas must be reviewed and approved by the Prime Minister," Dung emphasised. — VNS