Ministries and sectors are urged to accelerate the drafting of decrees detailing several articles of the revised Land Law, which was adopted by the 13th National Assembly at its 6th session in 2013 and will take effect on July 1, 2014.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has requested ministries, ministerial-level agencies and Government-affiliated agencies, the People’s Committees of centrally-run cities and provinces to promptly contribute their opinions to the draft decrees.

The decrees at request are pertaining to methods to decide land prices, compensation, support and resettlement for recovered land, and administrative fines in this area.

In his instruction dated January 22, 2014, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to coordinate with other ministries and sectors to work on the decrees.

The revised Land Law has 14 chapters and 212 articles.

It is supplemented with a number of cases on reclaiming land for defence and security purposes and the clearer jurisdiction authorised to reclaim land.

It has additional regulations specifying compensation for non-agricultural land owned by residential communities and religious establishments.

Regarding the price frame for land, the revised law has new regulations on the participation of a land pricing consultancy agency in the land pricing appraisal council to ensure fairness in determining land prices.

The new law makes clearer market-ruled land relations towards abolishing the State monopoly in managing and using land.

It has regulations to encourage people’s greater involvement in outlining and implementing land use plans as well as plans on compensation, support and resettlement to make it transparent in land management and use.-VNA