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Lawmakers seek feedback on land law

Update: December, 15/2012 - 10:29

HA NOI (VNS)— Lawmakers proposed collecting public feedback on the draft of the revised land law before submitting it to the National Assembly (NA) for approval in May.

The proposal, brought up during a discussion yesterday as part of the eighth session of the NA's Standing Committee, states that feedback could be collected through many channels, such as conferences and discussions from central to local levels.

Groups and individuals could also send suggestions to the NA Economic Committee or the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment from January 15 to March 15.

Discussing the draft of the revised land law, many deputies said that the bill still failed to resolve many issues relating to compensation, withdrawal, bidding, assessment, complaints and denunciation.

The NA Nationalities Council representative Ksor Phuoc said that the law should clearly define the difference between land use and possession rights, as the blurry line between the two was the most common reason for complaints and denunciation.

"The law should stipulate that the Government has the right to withdraw its own land. This would make it more convenient for the Government to make decisions relating to land that has been given to individuals for the interest of the nation or the community," said Phuoc.

Phuoc also suggested that the Government take the lead role in assessing land prices because land was a very special commodity that required tight regulations – particularly when it came to land compensation.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang said that five decrees relating to the implementation of the revised land law, land price regulations and land use, withdrawal, rent and compensation would be promulgated along with the revised land law.

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said that the Government should continue to collect feedback on the draft before submitting it to the NA Standing Committee for discussion in the next session, which will take place in mid-January. — VNS

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