Deputies at the on-going session of the 13th National Assembly discussed the introduction of policies and laws to deal with complaints and denunciations regarding administrative decisions on land issues on November 7.

The discussion was broadcast live on television.

According to the Government Inspectorate, between 2003 and 2010, State administrative agencies received and dealt with over 1.2 million letters of complaints and denunciations, of which those relating to land issues accounted for nearly 70 percent.

Of the complaints, 19.8 percent were upheld, 52.2 percent dismissed and 28 percent inadmissible.

Of the cases of denunciation, 16.2 percent were upheld, 54.2 percent dismissed and 29.6 percent discounted.
From 2008 to 2010, the settlement of complaints and denunciations accounted for 84 percent.

According to the report, this is a complicated matter and if not settled satisfactorily, it will have a negative impact on political security and social order and safety.

They said several of the reasons leading to land related complaints included inadequate policies, laws on the land and shortcomings in administrative decisions.

Weaknesses in the execution of land regulations and the degradation of cadres and officials are also reasons behind the problem.

On the other hand, people’s knowledge of the law on land and legal regulations on complaints and denunciations is limited while the popularisation and dissemination of the regulations is adequate.

According to the deputies, the report gave a sufficient evaluation on the issuance of legal regulations relating to the settlement of complaints and denunciations to land-related administrative decisions.

The legal documents issued basically meet the practical demand of the management tasks, they said. However, the biggest shortcoming is that policies on land management and use have changed many times and lack of stability, synchronicity.

According to the deputies, the primary request now is to amend and supplement the regulations relating to complaints, denunciations and land settlement prescribed in the Law on Land in accordance with the regulations defined in the Law on Complaints, the Law on Denunciation and the Law on Administrative Procedures.

The regulations to be amended should provide detailed provisions on the rights on owner’s representative and the State management, creating a unified legal framework to settle people’s complaints.

They also proposed that the functions, duties and the power of ministries, branches and localities must be clearly demarcated to ensure transparent management.

The State decides policies on the added value of land, which are not created by land users, ensures the harmony of the interest of the State, land users and investors, and agrees on a single compensation price level for agricultural land.

The deputies also said that the State should strengthen vocational training, create jobs for local people after the land they are using is revoked and improve the capacity of officials at the communal level as well as promote the popularisation of the regulations on land.-VNA