New Politburo regulation increases disciplinary action against leaders

November 17, 2021 - 08:22
Hoàng Đăng Quang, Central Party Committee (CPC) member, Deputy Head of CPC Organisation Commission, speaks to Vietnam News Agency about a Politburo regulation issued this month on the dismissal and resignation of cadres.


Deputy head of Party's Organisation Commission Hoàng Đăng Quang. VNA/VNS Photo

Hoàng Đăng Quang, Party Central Committee member, Deputy Chairman of the Party Central Committee's Organisation Commission, speaks to Vietnam News Agency about a Politburo regulation issued this month on the dismissal and resignation of cadres.

Could you elaborate on the necessity of issuing the Politburo’s Regulation No 41-QĐ/TW dated November 3, 2021, to replace the old one 260-QĐ/TW dated October 2, 2009?

After the ten-year implementation of the Politburo’s Regulation 260-QĐ/TW, we have initially obtained important results, contributing to raising awareness of Party committees at all levels, cadres and Party members on relieving officials from their duty, their dismissal and resignation, especially actions taken on officials on the leadership positions.

The regulation has filtered and replaced cadres with low work efficiency, limited capacity and responsibility, and those who do not meet job requirements and have poor moral qualities without having to wait for the end of their term or until their retirement.

This has helped, step by step, improve the quality, efficiency and responsibility of leaders and managers at all levels.

However, some contents of Regulation 260-QĐ/TW are no longer relevant to practical conditions and have not fully updated newly-issued Party rules on personnel work following the spirit of the 13th National Party Congress.

A lot of points are not relevant and linked with Party regulations and State policies and laws.

Those reasons explain why the issuance of the Politburo’s Regulation 41-QĐ/TW on the dismissal and resignation of cadres is of extreme importance, meeting requirements of promoting Party building and rectification towards a clean and strong political system, overcoming shortcomings and obstacles in the implementation and fully updating new Party regulations.

What are the new points of Regulation 41? Is there any difference in the foundations to consider dismissal and resignation compared to the old one with an aim to build a team of cadres meeting requirements and tasks of the new situation?

The new regulation details two forms of "dismissal" and "resignation" applied for leading cadres and managers at all levels in the political system.

Regarding dismissal of cadres, the Politburo stipulates that authorities are given the right to ask cadres to quit their positions when their term has not expired due to failure to meet the job requirements, declining prestige or violations which are not subject to disciplinary action and dismissal.

Authority levels that are competent to appoint and nominate cadres are given the authorisation to consider the dismissal or resignation.

For cadres falling under the decision-making authority of their superiors, the Party committees and leaders shall propose the dismissal to a higher level.

The higher-level authorities have the right to request the lower level to consider and apply the dismissal decision once there are sufficient grounds in accordance with the Politburo’s regulations.

This regulation has clearly defined grounds and procedures for considering cadre dismissal and resignation. The basis of the dismissal and resignation covers all scenarios in practice and promptly encourages cadres to resign.

On the other hand, there are specific regulations on competent authority levels that can make dismissal and resignation decisions as well as encourage policy when cadres stop holding their positions or resign.

The process of considering dismissal has been shortened and unified into one procedure to facilitate the implementation.

The requirement is to resolutely and promptly remove cadres from duty when there are sufficient grounds in accordance with the Politburo's regulations and absolutely not allow resignation for cadres subjecting to dismissal.

The new regulation also clearly defines the responsibility of leaders for serious and extremely serious corrupt and negative behaviours committed by their staff. If the leader takes advantage of his position to cover up the corruption and negativity, depending on the violation extent, the resignation will be considered.

The Politburo's new regulation on the dismissal and resignation of cadres has demonstrated a high political determination, creating a new breakthrough in order to tighten discipline against violating leading officials.

Could you clarify the regulation on the dismissal and resignation of leaders who manage corrupting units?

The new regulation maps out three scenarios: Firstly, dismissing the head when the agency or unit under his/her direct management commits very serious corruption and negativity.

Second, the head who abuses his/her assigned position and authority to tolerate, cover up corruption and negativity shall be considered for resignation, depending on the severity of the violation.

Thirdly, resignation is applied for leaders of units that committed serious corrupt and negative behaviours.

Regulation No 41 of the Politburo was approved right after the issuance of Conclusion No 21 at the 4th Plenum of the 13th Central Party Committee.

Conclusion No 21 details regulations on the enhancement of Party and the political system building and rectification, pointing to manifestations of degradation in political ideology, morality and lifestyle as well as “self-evolution” and “self-transformation” among Party members, raising awareness and responsibility of all-level Party committees, committee leaders and Party members in the fight against corruption.

The regulations have helped improve the effectiveness of detecting and handling corruption and negativity at local and grassroots levels; strengthening inspection, examination and supervision on leaders’ responsibilities in preventing and combating corruption and negativity. This is a very important issue in Party building and rectification.

Could you elaborate on the responsibilities of relevant agencies in implementing Regulation 41-QĐ/TW?

Regulation No 41-QD/TW clearly stipulates responsibilities of provincial/municipal Party committees under the Central Government and other relevant Party commissions.

These units are responsible for implementing the regulation in accordance with practical conditions of each agency and unit and must ensure the implementation follows the Politburo's rules.

The regulation has also assigned the National Assembly Party Committee and Central Party Committee’s Designated Representation to manage the review, amendment, supplement or new issuance of relevant legal regulations. The Party Central Committee's Organisation Commission has been assigned by the Politburo to coordinate with relevant agencies in examining and supervising the implementation of this regulation, and periodically reporting to the Politburo. VNS