|Nguyen Van Giau, chairman of the NA Committee for Economics speaks at the session. — VNS Photo An Dang
HA NOI (VNS) — The National Assembly's standing committee wrapped up its 36th session yesterday with several important laws under discussion in preparation for the legislature's 9th plenary session in May.
Lawmakers debated the draft Law on Supervisory Activities of the National Assembly and People's Councils.
In his speech, NA Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son suggested adding regulations on the responsibilities of supervisors.
Under the bill, supervision includes not only oversight and evaluation of individuals' and organisations' activities, but also settling issues within agencies or transferring them to relevant authorities. It says that only the NA can perform the highest supervisory function, and that all top supervisory activities are to be conducted in NA sessions.
However, supervisors' responsibilities must be clearly defined and assigned. If supervisors cannot take part in supervising task forces, they must present valid reasons or send deputies in their stead.
"Many task forces were sent out with too few members, so their presence was weak and they were unable to fulfill their duties," Son said.
The committee noted that the number of cases resolved after they were transferred to relevant authorities remained low. At the same time, the number of unsolved cases was rising.
"Citizens were filing complaints and denunciations because they wanted their issues to be addressed, not just transferred to another agency," said Nguyen Van Giau, chairman of the NA Committee for Economics.
He said supervisors should strive to answer to the needs of citizens. They needed to create plans to reduce agencies' and organisations' workloads so they could address all complaints.
Other deputies said specific procedures should be written on supervising the settlement of complaints and denunciations.
During the seven-day sitting, Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court Truong Hoa Binh and Minister-Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Affairs Giang Seo Phu fielded questions under their charge in the question-and-answer sessions.
Earlier in the morning session, the NA Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu said draft laws needed to ensure conformity with the 2013 Constitution should be prioritised next year.
He also pressed for early completion of draft laws involving economic affairs, human rights, citizens' rights and duties and the State apparatus.
Under the 2015 law and ordinance development programme, the legislative body plans to pass 28 draft laws and debate 26 others, the meeting heard.
The NA Standing Committee agreed to extend the deadline for submission of the draft Demonstration Law, deemed important for ensuring Article No 25 of the 2013 Constitution.
Preparations for the ninth session of the 13th NA, scheduled to take place over 36 days from May 20 to June 25, were also on the agenda yesterday. The session expects to pass 11 draft laws and one resolution and to discuss 15 other draft laws.
The legislative body will also review the Government's supplementary reports on implementation of socio-economic development and State budget plans for 2014 and the first months of 2015. — VNS