PM criticizes provinces for wrong use of budget

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Tuesday asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to criticize in written form provinces for wrongly using state budget for repair and upgrading of irrigation reservoirs in 2013.


The Prime Minister required the Ministry of Finance to work with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to reclaim the fund which local authorities have improperly arranged for other purposes.


At a regular cabinet meeting on July 3, the Prime Minister agreed to advance some provinces and cities VND426 billion from the state budget to complete reservoir repair projects, which had to stop last year because of capital shortage.


PM Dung asked ministries of agriculture, finance and planning and investment to survey 169 worst damaged reservoirs that need to be repaired and report to the Government for receiving finance support.


According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the country has 6,648 irrigation reservoirs in 45 provinces and cities. Most of them were built in the 1970s and 1980s and have downgraded and ruined.


About 1,150 reservoirs are in need of repair. Of them 320 are unsafe in the coming rainy and flooding season.

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