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NA a parliament of debate: Hanoians

Update: November, 30/2017 - 09:52
Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng met with citizens in Ba Đình, Tây Hồ and Hoàn Kiếm districts, Hà Nội yesterday.– VNA/VNS Photo Trí Dũng

HÀ NỘI – Many citizens in Hà Nội applauded improvements in the National Assembly (NA)’s recent activities, especially its fourth session, while meeting with Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng and other NA deputies of Hà Nội yesterday. 

The legislators met with citizens in Ba Đình, Tây Hồ and Hoàn Kiếm districts to detail the outcomes of the 14th NA’s freshly concluded fourth session, the implementation of their action programme in 2017, and the action plan for next year. 

Many local constituents lauded the fourth sitting’s outcomes, especially question and answer sessions, adding that the NA changed from a parliament of discussion to a parliament of debate. During this sitting, the Government also pointed out shortcomings that need to be addressed so as to boost national development. 

Hà Nội citizens said they want the NA to continue reforming its activities and shorten its sessions’ durations so that authorities and sectors can focus on implementing targets set by the parliament. 

Echoing this view, the Party chief said the fourth session was successful as reforms and improvements were made in a democratic, straightforward, responsible, and constructive manner. 

At the meetings, citizens also lauded the NA’s approval of many laws, including the Law on Planning. They asked the legislative body to monitor the enforcement of this law. 

However, they also voiced concern about the fact that although many laws were issued, law enforcement is still weak. The issuance of documents guiding enforcement remains sluggish while there is a shortage of personnel and funding for law dissemination. They asked the NA to watch the issuance of legal documents so as to avoid issuing documents that are impractical or run counter to law. 

Several people mentioned deforestation and mining that affect ecosystems, the new universal education curriculum and textbooks, teaching and learning facilities, and policies for educational workers. 

Regarding the fight against corruption, they expressed their support for the Party and State’s resolve, noting that once violations are discovered, they must be handled stringently. 

General Secretary Trọng said this is a serious problem on which the Party Central Committee has issued many resolutions. Although efforts have been made and more effective actions have been taken, this is a long-term fight that needs to be ramped up. 

He called on voters to have greater consensus and determination to join the entire Party, people and political system in fighting corruption and developing Viet Nam into a prosperous, democratic, equitable and civilised country. —VNS

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