Hai Phong puts off land withdrawal decisions

The northern port city of Hai Phong has postponed the implementation of land withdrawal decisions to wait for Government regulations and guidelines from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.  

This follows the fact that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung concluded earlier this month that relevant agencies had to solve a conflict in the city’s Tien Lang District, in which local authorities wanted to withdraw more than 40 hectares of land allocated to farmer Doan Van Vuon in 1993.

The chairman of the Tien Lang People’s Committee, Le Van Hien, and deputy chairman Nguyen Van Khanh, also chief of the district’s site clearance board, were removed from their post last week following the unlawful land withdrawal, which has received widespread public attention since it took place on January 5.

The two officials gave orders in the land revoking case in the district’s Vinh Quang Commune on January 5 to take over farmer Doan Van Vuon’s fisheries farmland. He and some of his family members clashed against policemen and soldiers in the land revoking force.

The case has stirred up the public’s concerns.

Mr. Pham Huu Thu, office manager of the Hai Phong City People’s Committee, said that Hai Phong authorities were seeking to solve the case properly as soon as possible.

By Ng. Quoc, translated by Tuong Thuy

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