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Lawmakers take heed of public opinion

Update: March, 20/2013 - 09:30

HA NOI (VNS)— Lawmakers agree that citizens' input would be an important foundation for handling complaints about the management of organisations, offices and agencies.

At yesterday's meeting of the 16th session of the National Assembly's Standing Committee, the lawmakers proposed that ministers and provincial people's committee chairmen meet citizens at least once a month while provincial department directors and chairmen of district and commune people's committees see residents twice monthly.

Government Inspector General Huynh Phong Tranh said the bill aimed to define responsibilities of leaders of offices and organisations and to create favourable conditions for people to conduct their rights of complaint and denunciations or petitions.

The NA's Law Committee Chairman, Phan Trung Ly, said the law should regulate clearly the responsibilities of organisations and offices in handling people's complaints and denunciations as well as improving the delegation of responsibilities from central to local level.

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the bill should set a deadline to answer people's requests and those awaiting answers should be systemised from central to local levels.

Discussing a fire fighting and prevention bill, deputies said the law has to regulate the responsibilities of leaders of organisations, institutions and households as well as improve co-operation. It should also define policies and career conditions for those involved in fire fighting and prevention.

Many deputies said more attention should be paid to fire fighting and prevention in high-rise buildings.

The NA's Finance and State Budget Chairman, Phung Quoc Hien, said many buildings had only one entrance, which limited fire fighters' access. He suggested the bill should regulate access to high-rise buildings. — VNS


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