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Community supervision helps limit corruption

Update: January, 24/2015 - 09:36
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HOI AN  (VNS) — As many as 96 violations were discovered at 558 construction projects last year by central Quang Nam Province's community supervision group, vice chairman of the Provincial Fatherland Front Committee Nguyen Phi Hung revealed at a workshop yesterday in Hoi An.

The community supervision group is made up of elected local people. Its establishment, part of the World Bank-funded Viet Nam Anti-Corruption Initiative Programme (VACI), helped prevent corruption and violations on infrastructure and budget-funded projects nationwide, Hung said.

According to the official, 102 community supervision groups (CSG) and Inspectorate boards have been set up at 244 communes and precincts in Quang Nam Province since 2005. These groups organised 436 inspections at 558 projects in 2014 to uncover violations and limit losses, extravagance and corruption at public construction projects.

"Warnings from CSGs help local administrations inspect possible corruption cases and limit losses on intentional poor investment projects. A CSG in Hoi An discovered violations at two public investment projects, saving VND136.8 million (US$6,500)," Hung said.

However, he complained that CSGs did not receive enough financial support from state agencies.

"Almost all members of CSGs are retired and do not know anything about engineering, making it hard for them to supervise construction projects," Hung said, adding that each CSG received only VND2 million (US$98) per year as compensation for its supervision efforts.

Nguyen Xuan Son, an official from the Government Inspectorate who co-chaired the workshop, said the Government Inspectorate would propose that the Government and relevant state agencies provide more financial support for CSGs. — VNS

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