The scene of the meeting on People's Council affairs on March 21 in HCMC. (Photo: SGGP)
The National Assembly Standing Committee, on March 21, in Ho Chi Minh City, held a conference to review the work of the People's Councils of the Southern provinces and cities in 2021 and deploy the plan in 2022. Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue, Politburo Member, NA Chairman, chaired the meeting with the attendance of Mr. Tran Thanh Man, Politburo Member, Standing Vice Chairman of the NA; Mr. Nguyen Van Nen, Politburo Member, Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee; Mr. Nguyen Khac Dinh, Member of the Party Central Committee, Vice Chairman of the NA; Mr. Bui Van Cuong, Member of the Party Central Committee, General Secretary, Chairman of the Office of the NA; leaders of the committees of the NA, central ministries, agencies, and delegates in the Southern provinces and cities.
In his opening remarks, Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen expressed that HCMC was honored and excited to be chosen by the NA Standing Committee as the venue for the meeting. According to him, 2021 was a special year for the city and many localities across the country. The previous year was also a year of great challenges for the operation of the People's Council of HCMC and other provinces.
Mr. Vuong Dinh Hue, NA Chairman, discusses with delegates at the meeting on March 21. (Photo: SGGP)
According to Mr. Nguyen Van Nen, in the context of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seriously affected all aspects of social life, the operation of the People's Councils of provinces and cities has left many important imprints. The People's Council participated in leading, directing, and successfully organizing the election of deputies to the 15th NA and People's Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure; implementing the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress, the NA's Resolution, the Government's Resolution, and the Resolution of the Party congresses of the provinces and cities. People's Councils of provinces and cities also focused on solving urgent tasks for the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially issuing resolutions on specific regimes and policies; ensuring social security, supporting businesses, people, and frontline forces participating in Covid-19 prevention and control, thereby, making an important contribution for HCMC and other provinces to complete the tasks set out by the Resolution of the People's Council. On behalf of the Party Committee, the City Government, and the people of HCMC, Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen expressed gratitude for the sympathy, sharing, and support of the leaders and people of other provinces for helping HCMC overcome the toughest times of the pandemic.
Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen speaks at the meeting on March 21. (Photo: SGGP)
In a report summarizing the organizational and operational situation of the People's Councils of the provinces and municipalities in the South, Head of the NA Standing Committee's Board for Deputy Affairs Nguyen Thi Thanh said that right after the election results of the People's Council for the 2021-2026 tenure were released, the People's Councils at all levels held the meeting successfully. Many Southern provinces and cities have issued many policies and mobilized resources to support people, businesses, and forces involved in the prevention and control of the Covid-19 pandemic. In which, the Standing People's Council of HCMC has mobilized resources with a total cost of nearly VND50 billion to join hands to support Covid-19 prevention and control. In 2021, the NA and the NA Standing Committee were keen on the organization and operation of the People's Councils at all levels. In which, they have directed and guided the development of work plans, perfected institutions, and issued resolutions that are practical, close to reality, easy to implement, and easy to inspect and monitor. The People's Councils at all levels have proactively supervised thematic topics with focus and supervision methods in a concise direction on composition, strengthened survey before organizing supervision. The activities of meeting voters, receiving citizens, receiving and handling complaints and reports from citizens have been strictly implemented. In 2022, the People's Councils at all levels need to continue to innovate in methods and ways of organizing activities, improving the quality of activities on the basis of concretizing the Resolution of the 13th Congress of the Party, the resolutions of the NA, the Government, the resolutions of the Party Congresses of the provinces and cities, and the laws of the State. People's Councils at all levels need to effectively improve the quality and operational efficiency of People's Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure to truly be a local State administrative agency, representing the will, aspirations, and mastery of the people, being responsible to the local people and superior State agencies. At the meeting, the Standing Committees of the People's Council of some localities presented their presentations on outstanding performance results and experiences in the process of organizing People's Council activities in 2021, and proposing tasks and solutions in 2022. Chairwoman of the People's Council of HCMC Nguyen Thi Le presented a discourse on the current situation and recommendations for the supervision activities of the People's Council of HCMC in the context of the implementation of Resolution No.131 of the NA on the organization of urban administration in HCMC. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Le said that the supervision activities of the People's Council and the Standing Committee of the People's Council of HCMC had always been renewed in many forms and become increasingly effective, closely monitoring the implementation of post-supervision conclusions of relevant sectors; the thematic monitoring, exposition, questioning and answering activities had been enhanced.
Chairwoman of the People's Council of HCMC Nguyen Thi Le presents a discourse at the meeting on March 21 in HCMC. (Photo: SGGP)
She emphasized that the People's Council of HCMC had been adopting many measures to effectively deploy the supervision function. Specifically, the People's Council of HCMC advised on strengthening the leadership of the Party committee for the operation of the People's Council, promptly reported to the Standing Board of the HCMC Party Committee on difficulties and problems of the city Government, and boldly proposed solutions to advise the HCMC Party Committee to timely lead and have specific policies to completely solve the long-lasting backlog of cases. The People's Council of HCMC also focused on consolidating and improving the quality of operation of the HCMC Council's committees, delegates, and advisory sections. The People's Council of HCMC also focused on improving the implementation quality of supervision methods of the City Council; strengthened supervision on the response to voters' petitions, grasped the settlement results and promptly corrected long-standing cases, and detected organizations and individuals lacking a sense of responsibility, deliberately dragging out time, and avoiding it. Especially, the People's Council of HCMC strengthened the relationships and closely coordinated with agencies and units, especially with the NA Delegation; closely combined supervision activities of the People's Council of HCMC with checking, inspection, and supervision activities of organizations in the political system and promote the role of the people. For the effective implementation of Resolution No.131 in monitoring activities, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Le emphasized that the People's Council of HCMC would focus on monitoring the People's Committees of districts and wards that did not organize People's Councils, at the same time, promote the role of experts in participating in supervision activities; focus on monitoring voters' recommendations through the Delegation Team; continue to listen to voters' proposals via the Hotline of the People's Council of HCMC; conduct questioning to the Chairman of the District People's Committee. The Standing Committee of the People's Council of HCMC will continue to coordinate with the HCMC Television Station and the Voice of HCMC People, and the Department of Information and Communications to conduct a monthly dialogue forum with citizens. Resolution No.131 expands the supervisory duties of the People's Council of HCMC to the People's Committees of districts, wards of the district, the People's Court of the district, and the People's Procuracy of the district. Therefore, to improve the effectiveness of supervision activities, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Le proposed the NA Standing Committee to soon issue a resolution, guiding the supervision activities of the People's Council, the Standing Committee of the People's Council, the Committees of the People's Council, the Group of Delegates of the People's Council, and deputies of the People's Council, especially in localities where urban administration is implemented.