|Hoàng Trung Hải, secretary of the Hà Nội municipal Party Committee chairs the meeting.— Photo tuoitre.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội has saved VNĐ2.3 trillion (US$101 million) for the city budget in the first six months of this year.
The data was revealed on Thursday at a meeting of the city’s steering committee on Programme 07 on practicing thrift and anti-waste in 2016-20, Tuổi trẻ (Youth) online newspaper reported.
The saving came after the city monitored and cut down on 130 redundant processes of public services, especially in environmental sanitation such as grass-cutting activities. It cost the city up to VNĐ700 billion ($30.8 million) to cut grass each year in the previous years.
Saving was also made after the city run a pilot programme to pay travel allowance to officials of the departments of transport; finance; planning and investment; labour, invalid and social affairs; as well as State-agencies in the districts of Hà Đông, Long Biên, Thanh Trì and Gia Lâm. Previously, the officials were eligible to use State-owned cars. Maximal travel allowance was fixed at VNĐ9.3 million ($407) per month.
Speaking at the meeting, Hoàng Trung Hải, secretary of the Hà Nội municipal Party Committee, ordered relevant agencies to continue monitoring expenditure on the environmental sanitation sector to avoid waste.
Hải also tasked the city’s Internal Affairs Commission to conduct an assessment every six months for sectors that face a high risk of corruption and waste and then consult the city for effective and immediate solutions.
Additionally, inner districts were told to cut grass along major roads every three months instead of daily like it was being done currently, while the gap was increased to six months for districts on the outskirts, he added. — VNS