HA NOI — Deputies agreed that the announcement of a law on national defence and security education would provide basic defence, security knowledge and the necessary skills to citizens in order to meet the demand of the country's development and protection at yesterday's 10th session of the National Assembly's Standing Committee.
The draft law, which includes six chapters and 42 articles, is expected to be applicable for all organisations, institutions and Vietnamese citizens.
Besides regulations on educating national defence and security for all people, the draft law emphasied the need of providing national defence and security knowledge for people living in key defence and security areas, especially leaders of ethnic and minority groups, boat or ship owners, house owners or labourers in border and island areas.
Relating to national defence and security education for people working in non-state enterprises or companies, many deputies said that it is necessary to educate national defence and security for managers, authorised representatives of non-state enterprises and organisations or institutions.
National Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh said that the Government should regulate subjects, summoning jurisdiction and defence and security education units for those working in non-state organisations and enterprises.
Chairman of the Nationality Council Ksor Phuoc said that the law should target people under the age of 50.
Chairman of the NA's Committee on Culture, Education, Youth and Children Dao Trong Thi supported the need of national defence and security education for dignitaries and monks of all religions, and village or hamlet headers as they hold an influential position and play an important role in the spiritual lives of their followers.
"Educating dignitaries, monks or priests on national defence and security knowledge would generate sympathy and support for the great policies and guidelines of the Party and the Government in the cause of homeland protection", said Thi.
The Ministry of National Defence report said that a pilot national defence and security education programme for dignitaries and monks of all religions was carried out and expanded widely with remarkable results in 56 provinces and cities nationwide in previous years.
Chairman of the NA's Social Affairs Committee Truong Thi Mai said that the law should reaffirm the responsibilities of ministries of public security, education and training and Home affairs for ensuring close and effective co-ordination in implementation of the law. — VNS