The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) should play a greater role in promoting the people’s involvement in building a pure and strong Party and State as well as implementing democracy, supervision and social criticism in line with the Party’s orientations and the State’s law.

Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and standing member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), made the request at the fifth conference of the VFF Central Committee in Hanoi on January 17.

He suggested that VFF chapters at all levels needs to do better the collection of people’s comments and proposals to the Party and State and the monitoring of the operations of Party organisations and administrations. The front should also encourage the people to detect and fight degraded officials as well as phenomena of bureaucracy, corruption and wastefulness.

The front should supervise and push the punishment of violations in accordance with the discipline of the Party and the law while honouring and protecting those who dare to struggle against corruption and negative phenomena, Anh noted.

He particularly urged the VFF to diversify forms of communications and mobilisation to get people of all strata to contribute their opinions to the draft revisions to the 1992 Constitution.

The Politburo member spoke highly of the achievements the VFF and its member organisations have made over the past year. In 2012, campaigns and emulation movements launched by the front such as “All people unite to build the cultural life in residential areas”, “Day for the Poor”, and “Vietnamese people use Vietnamese goods” were successful in promoting the patriotism of people of all strata and grew into large-scale campaigns with great impacts on society.

The VFF’s participation in efforts to strengthen the Party and administrations also recorded positive results with better quality, he added.

These achievements made important contributions to the cause of national construction and defence as well as to the national great unity bloc in the new period, Anh affirmed.

He, however, pointed out shortcomings in the front’s work that need to be overcome such as the slow and inadequate grasping of people’s feelings, aspirations and concerns. The front has not done enough in monitoring and promoting the fight against corruption and waste, as well as administrative reforms.

VFF Central Committee President Huynh Dam said this year, the front will focus on several key tasks, one of which is to implement an action programme to strengthen the mobilisation of overseas Vietnamese.

It will actively coordinate with relevant agencies in making suitable mechanisms for supervision and social criticism activities of the VFF and socio-political organisations, he said.

VFF will work with its member organisations to organise the collection of public opinions on the draft revisions to the 1992 Consitution, he added./.