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Dealing with serious corruption cases remains slow: voters
Van Ly
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Dealing with serious corruption cases remains slow: voters

Van Ly

HANOI - In their opinions sent to the third sitting of the 14th National Assembly (NA), voters express concerns over a host of issues ranging from corruption to food safety and illegal sand mining. However, what makes them worry most is the slow handling of serious corruption cases.

This is reflected in a report on opinions and petitions of voters presented by Nguyen Thien Nhan, president of the Central Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee, at the NA session on May 22.

Reportedly, in preparation for the third session of the 14th NA, the Presidium of the Central Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in collaboration with the NA Standing Committee gathered 3,288 comments and suggestions that voters throughout the country want to submit to the NA.

Voters remark the anti-corruption drive of the Party and the State has achieved good results and displayed a strong resolve. However, they think the detection and handling of corruption cases with serious consequences are slow, and so is the clarification of the responsibility of State management agencies, especially of their leadership, towards loss-making projects that have inflicted great damage on the economy.

“Voters demand serious implementation of the resolution adopted by the Party’s 4th plenum from agencies and organizations, particularly heads of agencies and organizations at all levels. It is a must to exhibit a determination through specific actions, promptly detecting, checking and strictly handling officials, civil servants and Party members found to commit irregularities.

It is necessary to further promote the role of Vietnam Fatherland Front, news organizations and people in the fight against corruption, and adopt effective measures to protect whistleblowers and timely reward corruption fighters, said Nhan.

Voters also make recommendations on health and food safety. They believe that agricultural production, preservation and processing of food without guaranteed safety has not been strictly controlled and promptly handled, which is the cause of many cases of food poisoning.

Relevant ministries and agencies have not issued sufficient regulations on the production, processing, preservation and marketing of safe agricultural products and foodstuffs as a basis for monitoring and investigation.

Consequently, the NA, People’s Councils and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committees at various levels are asked to further improve the quality and efficiency of food safety supervision. It is recommended that the Government drastically direct the ministries to promulgate regulations on production, processing, preservation and consumption

of safe agricultural goods and foodstuffs, strengthen inspections and strictly deal with violators, raising public awareness of food safety.

The story of “good crop, poor price” keeps repeating, most recently with pig farming. The sharp fall in pig prices at home has dealt a severe blow to farmers.

The quality of medical examination and treatment in rural, remote and isolated areas remains a matter of concern. Overload at some provincial and central hospitals has not been solved as promised.

The quality of medical examination and treatment at some private medical establishments does not meet standards.

Voters petition the Ministry of Health to continue adopting solutions to improve the quality of healthcare services, investing in medical facilities in remote areas, and improving the management of private hospitals.

Voters are now very concerned about illegal sand mining, which is still taking place in broad daylight. This is a fundamental cause of serious landslides along rivers and coastal areas in many parts of the country, which directly affects local communities.

Along with that, widespread deforestation in a number of provinces is badly affecting the environment.

“The Presidium of the Central Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee has repeatedly reported to the NA and the Government on illegal sand mining and deforestation. The Prime Minister has constantly asked ministries, branches and localities to deal with this situation, but illegal sand mining and deforestation are still taking place. Voters demand responsibility be clarified and heads of provinces who have not taken measures to solve this situation be strictly handled,” Nhan said.

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