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Improve response to petitions: Deputy PM

Update: July, 17/2015 - 08:51
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged inspection agencies and heads of ministries and local governments to improve the handling of complaints and petitions. — Photo VNA/VNS Phto Nguyen Dan

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged inspection agencies and heads of ministries and local governments to improve the handling of complaints and petitions.

Addressing an online conference reviewing this year's performance of inspection agencies on Wednesday, the Deputy PM said some inspection agencies had large backlogs of unanswered complaints or violated procedural rules for processing complaints.

He told inspection agencies to develop a national database for complaints and petitions, as well as software to compile statistics on corruption-related claims.

Deputy Chief Government Inspector Tran Duc Luong reported that in the first half of 2015, inspection agencies nationwide performed 2,842 administrative inspections and 116,334 ‘specialised inspections' (ad-hoc, requested inspections).

The results tallied a total of 225 police investigations into suspected corruption and prosecuted 272 suspects.

Inspectors issued 106,562 punitive rulings against organisations and individual offenders with fines totaling VND1.8 trillion ($82.5 million).

Inspector Luong reported that 86.6 per cent of complaints and petitions received were settled, a 0.7 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

At the conference, participants raised other issues such as overlapping inspections conducted by both central and local-level agencies, and weak coordination between inspection agencies.

Anti-corruption initiatives

Also yesterday, a conference was held by the Government Inspectorate in HCM City to discuss initiatives to prevent and control corruption.

Ten initiatives to scale up inspections were reviewed and introduced at the conference, including a model titled "Saying no to bribery in the healthcare sector."

The conference heard that the model, initiated by the Research and Training Centre for Community Development, had been successfully applied in 2011-2012 to fight harassment in the provision of healthcare services.

Bui Dieu Linh, the project's co-ordinator, said it was essential that the public's engagement in anti-corruption activities is heightened through better communication and connectivity.

Another initiative recommended at the event was "Groowing anti-corruption seeds in schools and the community." Initiated by the Tay Bac University, this seeks to familiarise the youth with anti-corruption laws and policies and instill a sense of responsibility and honesty. — VNS

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