|Vinh City in the central province of Nghệ An. — Photo vinhcity.gov.vn|Viet Nam News
NGHỆ AN — Wrongdoings in budget estimation, settlement, collection and expenditure worth some VNĐ100 billion (US$4.4 million) have been discovered in the central province of Nghệ An during the first half of this year.
The province’s tax sector has conducted inspections at 529 enterprises, from which it proposed to return VNĐ42.3 billion ($1.9 million) of ill-gotten gains to the State budget, as well as imposing fines of VNĐ13.9 billion ($611,000) on miscreant enterprises.
A number of enterprises in the province have failed in the fields of asset disclosure and transparency. Several officials were not aware of the importance of anti-corruption measures and did not take the lead on the matter.
To improve the situation, the province’s authorities said they would consider anti-corruption effort of localities to be one of the major evaluation criteria at the end of the year.
The province has requested the National Assembly to adjust the 2005 Law on Anti-Corruption with clarifications on feasible, practical and constructive anti-corruption regulations such as investigating responsibilities of corrupted leaders, developing asset disclosure mechanisms, and only requiring those with high positions and authority on essential matters to disclose their assets.
The province will continue eliminating favourable conditions for corruption, coordinating with localities to handle financial misconduct and raising awareness on anti-corruption. — VNS