NA sees improvement in handling of voters' petitions

Update: November, 15/2016 - 19:00
A plenary session of the 14th NA opens today to start the questions and answers on a wide range of issues. — VNA/VNS Photo Phương Hoa
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – The first question and answer session of the 14th National Assembly (NA) started with a focus on the parliament’s monitoring of the handling of petitions that voters sent to the 11th session of the 13th NA.
The NA Standing Committee’s report, presented by Nguyễn Thanh Hải, head of the NASC Ombudsman Committee, revealed that between the 10th and 11th session of the 13th NA, a total of 823 visits were held by 63 delegates of the NA deputies to meet voters across the country.
The meetings helped collect a total of 2,613 petitions and proposals, of which 914 were directly sent to the NA and the others were sent to local authorities for solutions, according to the report.
Hải said the queries focused on a wide range of issues, including agriculture, employment, social security and culture, as well as education, healthcare, production and business, along with transportation, construction, environment, completion of the legal system and operation of state agencies.
The monitoring report praised the Government and said cabinet members under the leadership of the prime minister had mobilised all efforts and been very active in handling petitions following the 11th session of the 13th NA.
Delay were no longer reported in replying to the voters’ requests during this session.
This was an improvement compared with the previous session, when only some 66 per cent of petitions had received a response, according to the report.
However, the head of the NASC’s Petition Commission requested the government and related sectors and authorities boost comprehensiveness and effectiveness while handling the remaining 143 petitions that had not been addressed in the previous NA sessions.
The petitions included the four major issues of stability in projecting high school and university graduation exams; stricter penalties for violations of multi-level trading companies; building trade-values for agricultural products; and managing and controlling illegal natural resources, mineral and forest exploitation. — VNS