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Prime Minister vows to tackle corruption

Update: January, 09/2014 - 08:29
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asks the agency to work harder in uncovering corruption cases, particularly focusing on financial transactions in areas such as construction, land, State budget collections and public procurement.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS)  — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung vowed that anti-corruption efforts would be one of the Government Inspectorate's priorities in 2014, during a teleconference in Ha Noi yesterday.

He asked the agency to work harder in uncovering corruption cases, particularly focusing on financial transactions in areas such as construction, land, State budget collections and public procurement.

The Prime Minister underlined the need for the Government Inspectorate to partner closely with ministries and localities to handle the remaining 62 out of 528 complaints and denunciations currently pending investigation.

Prime Minister Dung also called for closer inspections of ministers and chairpersons of People's Committees throughout Viet Nam, especially in their supervising State management of land, capital construction investment, State-owned enterprises and implementation of national target programmes.

Urging local leaders to increase their direct dialogue with the public, PM Dung said complaints and denunciations should be addressed from the grassroots level upwards to ensure social order and security.

He also spoke highly of recent efforts made by the Inspectorate, which he claimed has significantly contributed to the country's achievements.

According to Inspector General Huynh Phong Tranh, last year, the agency conducted 8,921 administrative inspections, uncovering the misuse of VND326.5 trillion and 4,520ha of land. As a result, more than VND25 trillion and 3,653 hectares of land have been reclaimed, while more than 1,580 collectives and 2,675 individuals were fined for administrative violations. The inspection sector also transferred 72 cases and 75 individuals to investigative agencies.

However, the low efficiency of inspection work, the slow settlement of disputes and a lack of resources have limited the impact of anti-corruption efforts.

To deal with these shortcomings, inspections should be held more regularly and on a surprise basis, as was recommended during the teleconference. — VNS

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