City reviews socio-economic issues in last seven months

A meeting presided over by Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, was held to review the socio-economic situation in the City in the first seven months of the year.

Local government coerce removing illegally built houses in Binh Chanh District (Photo: SGGP)

Public concerns have been raised on issues such as illegal construction of houses, unsafe foods and other social evils.

Tran Trong Tuan, Director of the City Department of Construction, said 2,626 houses have been built illegally, mainly in Binh Chanh and Go Vap Districts.

Residents in Binh Chanh removed 55 illegally built houses and local government coerced 391, and will continue to remove 125 more whereas government in Go Vap district will finish removing such houses in August.

Tuan affirmed that wrongdoings are happening under the protection of government employees. Accordingly Binh Chanh District prosecuted three persons and issued penalties against eight others.

Chairman Quan stressed that government leaders must take responsibility of wrongdoings in their area.

Referring to recent concerns of unsafe rice noodles, Le Ngoc Dao, Deputy Head of Department of Industry and Trade, said the City has asked 201 producers of rice noodles to pledge not to add harmful additives to their products.

She said the department will conduct regular and unscheduled checks at production units, as well as issue harsh penalties on violators.

By Van Anh - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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