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PM urges HCMC to remove obstacles for economic recovery

By V. Dung

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asked the city to focus on economic recovery by eliminating bottlenecks, boosting public investment and proposing raising the quota of civil servants.

The prime minister suggested working regularly with HCMC, at least once a quarter, to keep track of demanding tasks, it was announced at his working session with the HCMC People’s Committee yesterday, July 27. The meeting was also attended by representatives of ministries and agencies.

Phan Van Mai, chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee, briefed the prime minister on key projects in the city.

Mai said that the Beltway No.3 project had been on schedule.

HCMC recommended the Government urge other localities and the Ministry of Transport to submit to the National Assembly a petition for an investment policy for the Beltway No. 4 project. HCMC has also asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to adjust the schedule to implement metro line projects No. 1 and 2.

PM Chinh tasked the city and other ministries and agencies with drawing up a detailed plan to implement the Beltway No. 3 project.

He urged the ministries of Finance, Planning and Investment to coordinate with HCMC to provide additional charter capital for the HCMC Urban Railway Company No. 1, the operator of the first metro line of the city in August.

Moreover, the prime minister requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to consider an expanded payroll for HCMC and a pay rise for its officials as the city has repeatedly suggested raising the number of civil servants.

Currently, a civil servant in HCMC is responsible for an average of 346 people (including at the level of wards, communes and towns), more than twice that of the country (152 people).

Nguyen Trong Thua, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, proposed to the prime minister to allow the implementation of special policy to increase the quota of civil servants in the city.

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