|"Chairman of the National Defence and Security Committee Nguyen Kim Khoa said regulations, administrative and legislative procedures must be closely supervised to ensure an effective number of special administrative-economic zones across the country." — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa
HA NOI (VNS) — The second day of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee's 34th meeting continued yesterday with deputies discussing the draft Law on Local Government Organisation.
The committee focused on the main aspects of the draft law such as categories of affected administrative units, local government organisational structure and distribution of power among local and central governmental bodies.
Deputies said special administrative-economic zones, currently governed by the Law on Special Administrative-Economic Zones, should also be subject to the Law on Local Government Organisation as they were still considered administrative units.
Chairman of the Justice Committee Nguyen Van Hien and chairman of the National Defence and Security Committee Nguyen Kim Khoa said regulations, administrative and legislative procedures must be closely supervised to ensure an effective number of special administrative-economic zones across the country.
The Law Committee proposed adding a section to the draft law to oversee special administrative-economic zones' characteristics, administrative and legislative procedures as well as their formation and dissolution.
The NA will retain the authority to issue management mechanisms and how incentive policies will be implemented for every zone at the time of its formation.
Regarding local government organisation structure, deputies debated whether local governmental bodies such as the People's Council should be maintained in ward-level and smaller administrative units.
Chairman of the Finance Committee Phung Quoc Hien and Chairman of the Justice Committee Nguyen Van Hien said the People's Council must be present in any administrative units. However, Chairman of the Ethnic Committee K'sor Phuoc stressed the importance of reforming the current system, which had hindered growth.
Phuoc said it was high time for lawmakers to come up with a system for governmental bodies to truly represent the people's voices and rights.
Deputies agreed that the two methods should be further studied so the pros and cons of each could be presented to the NA for a final decision.
Another topic of discussion yesterday morning was the distribution of power among local and central governmental bodies. Deputies urged clarifications on local and central governmental bodies' agendas. Chairman of the Finance Committee Phung Quoc Hien said local and central level objectives must not overlap, as it would obstruct the implementation process.
Deputies approved the Law Committee's proposal to carry out a comprehensive review of local governmental bodies' objectives and jurisdiction in the context of current laws and regulations, the 2013 Constitution and other legislative documents. The review will be the basis for distributing power more efficiently among cities and provinces.
Chairwoman of the Social Affairs Committee Truong Thi Mai said that regarding delegation of power to the local level, it must be considered whether local-level governmental bodies had the capacity and opportunity to make good use of it.
The National Assembly Standing Committee continued to discuss the amended Law on Government Organisation and the draft Law on Labour Safety and Hygiene. — VNS