People at the Hanoi Tax Department (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – Hanoi’s State agencies have made 9,000 employees redundant so far this year.

The move is part of the Party and Government efforts to downsize the number of public employees in recent years.

The city plans to make some 11,200 State employees redundant from 2018-20.

The information was released under a report of the city’s Home Affairs Department at a recent press conference held by the Hanoi Party Committee.

The number of State employees made redundant in the first nine months of this year was about seven times higher than the total number of State employees made redundant in 2017.

Data from the department showed the city only downsized 1,300 State employees last year.

The report also said the city already allowed 106 non-business units to become self-funding so far this year.

Additionally, the city administration approved 196 non-business units being operated with self-funding from 2018-20.

Hanoi is one of pioneering localities nationwide in implementing the Party and Government’s downsizing policy that was issued in 2015.

Statistics from the Ministry of Finance showed that more than 7 million people receive their wage from the State budget in Vietnam.

The payment of salaries, pension and other allowances from the State budget are estimated to account for up to half of the annual recurrent expenditure of the Government, 400 trillion VND (17.2 billion USD) each year.

Also at the press conference, Nguyen Dinh Hoa, Director of the Home Affairs Department, said the Public Administrative Reform (PAR) Index of Hanoi ranked second across 63 provinces and cities last year, one spot up from 2016.

In the meantime, the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) of Hanoi ranked 13th nationwide, the highest level the city has reached so far.

Hoa said the city had simplified administrative procedures to create favourable conditions for individuals, organisations and businesses.

It had implemented one-stop-shop policies that allowed local residents and enterprises to submit and receive their administrative records in one place instead of many places like before and registration and return of administrative records was carried out through post, he said.

The policy helped to save time and energy of individuals, organisations and business, he said.

The city hopes to continue simplifying administrative procedures by using more information technology in the future.-VNS/VNA