A programme to combat corruption and promote thrift in the 2011-15 period helped Hanoi save nearly 3.7 trillion VND (171 million VND), heard a conference reviewing the programme in the capital on April 14.

During the period, Hanoi officials inspected more than 1,000 Party members and 278 Party organisations showing signs of corruption, according to a report of the municipal Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption.

Violations on 163 organisations were detected, said the report. It added that 5,775 complaints were also handled, reclaiming billions of dong and a large amount of land.

Addressing the conference, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, Pham Quang Nghi, highlighted the significance of the anti-corruption fight, adding that the city always takes the work very seriously.

He hailed the anti-graft efforts of the whole city over the past year. However, he stated that even stronger measures should be rolled out, with closer inspections of all sensitive sectors, such as construction, land and human resources management.

According to Deputy Head of the Central Party Committee’s Commission for Internal Affairs, Pham Anh Tuan, Hanoi needs to make anti-corruption an urgent task and introduce a more specific strategy for this vital work.

He warned that complicated corruption cases, which may also involve foreign individuals and organisations, are on the rise, threatening security and political stability. The city must promptly settle such cases, he urged.-VNA