Minister of Natural Resources and Environment  Tran Hong Ha (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) Tran Hong Ha’s performance at the question-and-answer session at the ongoing National Assembly’s fifth meeting on June 5 satisfied the majority of voters.

Deputy Nguyen Ngoc Phuong from the central province of Quang Binh said Minister Ha gave a number of feasible measures to deal with climate change, including encouraging the involvement of capable businesses in coping with environment-related problems.

The straightforward and succinct reply of the MoNRE leader saved time of the NA and showed his good management capacity, he added.

Sharing Phuong’s opinion, deputy Cao Dinh Thuong from Phu Tho province said that the renovation of the Q&A session helped improve the quality of answers of participating ministers. He said he hopes Minister Ha will strictly implement his commitments to NA deputies with specific solutions.

Meanwhile, representative of the central city of Da Nang Nguyen Ba Son held that the MoNRE Minister’s answers only covered macro-scale issues without clarifying specific problems. He cited the case of the closing of two steel plants in Da Nang due to environmental pollution, stressing that more specific regulations should be applied to prevent such violations.

Truong Binh Trong, a voter from Ward 8 of Tuy Hoa city, the south central province of Phu Yen said that new and more effective method of the Q&A session, in which both questions and answers are given in a quick and clear manner, helped enhance the quality of the session as more issues are brought into discussion.

Regarding the land-related issue, lawyer Tran Duc Phuong from Ho Chi Minh City said that the legal system on the management of land and public property has been basically complete, but many State agencies have failed to strictly implement the regulations and supervise information release.

Phuong underscored that the handling of specific organisations and individuals committing violations in granting investment and construction licences has yet to be strict.

He proposed that along with more efficient measures to examine and inspect violations and stricter punishment measures, it is necessary to publicize public land management, investment projects and planning in a  transparent manner.

At the same time, many voters lauded Minister Ha’s efforts in coping with environmental pollution.

Voter Nguyen Dac Tan from the south central province of Phu Yen said that answers of Minister Ha opened up new orientations for settling many problems.

Prof. Dr. Le Huy Ba from Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry said that Minister Ha’s idea of mobilising the community’s investment in dyke construction project has yet to consider the specific conditions of the Mekong Delta region where alluvium is necessary for land enrichment.

Mentioning air pollution, Associate Prof. Dr. Ho Quoc Bang from the Institute for Environmental and Natural Resources under the National University of Ho Chi Minh City said that Minister Ha thoroughly understood the real situation of air pollution and gave adequate solutions.

But he also stressed the need for stronger control of motorbike exhaust emission, the reduction of private vehicles as well as the encouragement of using of public transport means.

Voter Pham Van Bach, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Khanh Thanh commune, Yen Khanh district of the northern province of Ninh Binh showed his worry about environmental pollution in industrial parks, trade villages and a number of production facilities.

He suggested that the Government and the MoNRE should make clearer evaluation of results of underway environmental pollution settlement projects, while encouraging trade villages and production facilities to apply advance technology to reduce pollution. He also proposed a change in economic planning and livelihoods of locals in some trade villages that harm the environment. -VNA