Corruption, squander of public money still rife, admit lawmakers

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee yesterday discussed the lack of efficacy in the fight against corruption and squander of public resources.

Members said a national strategy for fighting corruption by 2020 is yet to be crafted.

Disposal of some corruption cases was stretched out and their resolution finally failed to meet the expectations of the public, Nguyen Van Thuan, chairman of the house’s Law Committee, said.

“When voters asked us about such cases, we could not explain since we ourselves did not know about them,” he said.

Tran The Vuong, head of the Committee for People’s Aspirations, said, “Hundreds of cases of corruption have been brought to court, but more than one-third of them saw defendants get suspended sentences.

“We must re-examine this situation, or else the public may complaint our laws are not just and strict,” he said.

A report by the Justice Committee said: “Corruption is reported to be slowing down, but according to the government’s assessment, the situation remains serious.”

The National Assembly’s deputy chairwoman, Tong Thi Phong, said the accountability of the head of an agency where corruption occurs must be clearly spelled out. 

“The anti-corruption resolution by the National Assembly must be concretized through specific regulations,” she said.

“What will be the responsibility of the head of an agency? What treatment, administrative or criminal, must be meted out to him or her?”

Thrift must be strengthened      

The practice of thrift has generally been better this year than last, the members heard.

But some cities and provinces are yet to strictly comply with the Law on State Budget, Phung Quoc Hien, chairman of the Budgetary Finance Committee, said.

In the first six months this year the state treasury found 12,500 payments made by many units not following regulations, he said.

The inappropriate use of public funds remains common in some parts, he noted.

Chairman of the National Assembly Office, Tran Dinh Dan, said to use public money more effectively and promote thrift, financial policies and regulations need to be strengthened.

“Only if our financial mechanism is perfect can we punish violators,” he pointed out.

By Anh Phuong – Translated by Truc Thinh

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