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Collect $2.4b in arrears, Gov't told

Update: January, 28/2015 - 08:39
The Inspectorate had also suggested that the Government takes back 1,682.6ha of land. — Photo xahoi

HA NOI  (VNS) — The Inspectorate last year proposed that the Government reclaims VND51.5 trillion (US$2.4 billion) owed to the State Budget by companies and individuals committing various violations including over-invoicing and other forms of corruption.

The figure was an increase of 104 per cent over 2013, said Tran Duc Luong, deputy general of the Inspectorate.

The Inspectorate had also suggested that the Government takes back 1,682.6ha of land.

Reviewing his agency's 2014 performance, Luong said at a press briefing last weekend that they had issued fines of VND3.28 trillion ($156 million), proposed that the Government disciplines more than 2,000 organisations and 15,400 individuals and asked the police to investigate 55 cases.

He said that the Inspectorate conducted more than 7,000 administrative inspections and more than 233,800 non-administrative inspections last year, and most of the violations it found were in the economic, banking and finance sectors.

The agency also inspected ministries and their branches and units, checked the use of land resources and construction activities by provincial authorities and followed up on complaints and denunciations received.

Luong said that various Government agencies received denunciations and complaints from about 392,600 people, an increase of 3.2 per cent over 2013. Of this number, 12 ministries and 61 provincial administrations received petitions from about 87,000 citizens, he added.

The Government agencies resolved 85.9 per cent of 42,783 cases arising out of these petitions, reclaimed VND41 billion ($1.9 million) and 182.7ha. They returned VND198.8 billion ($9.46 million) and 85.3ha of land to the people.

The agencies proposed fines on 552 individuals and sent 39 cases to the police for criminal investigation.

In following up on denunciations received, the Inspectorate found 108 individuals involved in corruption and proposed reclamation of VND13.8 billion ($657,000). It also suggested that 25 individuals in these cases be investigated by the police.

Tasks for 2015

Luong said that the Inspectorate will conduct five major inspections in the first quarter of this year: restructuring and capital management at the Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Group (Vincomin) and the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex); procurement and credit acitivities at the Mekong Housing Bank; implementation of the 2011-2015 Project for Consolidation and Development of Boarding Schools for Ethnic Minority Secondary School Students; and management and use of medical facilities and equipment.

The agency will also conduct 25 other inspections on several issues including the restructuring and equitisation of national enterprises under the Defense Ministry; and the construction of indoor sports stadiums in various provinces. — VNS

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