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Distribution of land use rights sees delay

Update: March, 28/2013 - 10:57

HA NOI (VNS)— Complicated procedures and shortage of funds are preventing the issuance of land use certificates in 22 localities to meet the June deadline.

Only 70 per cent of land lots and apartments have got certificates so far, said deputy director of the Land Department Le Van Lich.

There were still more than 3.7 million land use certificates to be issued for more than 2 million hectares.

Ha Noi, Nghe An Province, HCM City and Gia Lai Province had the most land lots and apartments for which certificates had yet to be issued, numbering 200,000 to 500,000.

Quang Ngai Province and Khanh Hoa and Hai Phong City had more than 100,000.

Lich said there was a limit to local funds available for the very costly process of measuring land, creating land maps and employing officials qualified to define land origins and settle violations.

Also, procedures in many localities facilitated corruption among officials, causing difficulties for people and prompting them to complain. All this had delayed the process, he said.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Manh Hien said localities needed to make regular inspections to uncover the wrongdoings of officials and remove all barriers in administrative procedures such as long waiting periods.

For example, certifying transfers of land use had been entrusted to notary agencies, instead of commune people's committees, so localities should not force their people to get certificates from the committee, he said.

Localities also needed to allocate enough funds for the task, such as 10 per cent of total land rental.

Director of the HCM City Natural Resources and Environment Department Dao Anh Kiet said city officials used to wait for people to apply for land-use certificates.

Now, they actively went out and meet people to ask them to list their land areas and begin the process, he said.

More than 34.5 million land-use certificates for 19.6 million hectares had been issued so far. — VNS


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