Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong receives voters in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday said he hoped voters' concerns would be settled and their trust in the National Assembly restored after meetings between NA deputies and voters.
He made the statement at a meeting with voters in Ba Dinh and Hoan Kiem districts of Ha Noi.
The Party leader and other NA deputies listened to voters' concerns about the high inflation rate, the increase of essential goods prices, which had negatively impacted people's life, especially low-income earners and workers.
Many voters asked the NA to effectively implement measures to stabilise market prices and help small and medium-sized enterprises borrow bank loans to speed up production and ensure social welfare.
They said the NA needed to be more efficient with its supervision and make issues of people's welfare a major concern.
Educational reform, improvement of training quality, urban development and infrastructure building, were also mentioned as a matter of necessity.
Trong thanked voters for the contribution of their opinions.
Regarding issues related to the relationship between economic growth and inflation control, ensuring macro-economy stability and social welfare, the Party leader emphasised that the country did not value economic growth above other factors.
Instead, the country intended to maintain growth at rational rates while concentrating on policies that ensured social welfare.
Trong also analysed reasons for the shortcomings in socio-economic development in the past years. They include weaknesses in research and forecasting the market supply and demand, poor management and an unmeasurable, complicated world economy situation.
In response to voters' interest in amendments and supplements to the 1992 Constitution, the Party leader affirmed it was a very important issue which needed to be conducted carefully and methodically based on the principle of promoting democracy, listening to the opinions of people and scientists, as well as referring to other countries' experiences.
Trong also affirmed Viet Nam's sovereignty over Paracel and Spartly islands during talks with voters.
It was the Party and Government's policy to maintain peace and stability, to develop while exploiting and developing a maritime economy and to make the country wealthy, he told voters.
The Party leader also stressed on a need to follow the morality of late President Ho Chi Minh as a measure to fight corruption and waste.
NA chairman's meeting
During a meeting with NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung in Ha Tinh Province yesterday, local voters proposed the National Assembly strengthen supervision over Party and Government policies, speed up anti-corruption effort, and develop agriculture, farms and rural areas.
They said they had felt inspired and trusted in the good results of the 13th National Assembly's first session, which had also created a high unanimity in the society.
Voter Nguyen Huu Thong told the chairman that the provincial economy had continued to develop in the past year, consolidating trust among local people.
He requested the NA take measures for anti-waste at State offices, step up administrative reform, and cut down cumbersome procedures.
Voters Tong Thi Quynh Hoa and Nguyen Thanh Son said the NA needed to take more drastic measures to protect the rice-growing land in the province, provide vocational training for farmers, create more jobs, build traffic roads and supply electricity here.
NA Chairman Hung pledged to gather and send these opinions to the NA and functional offices for consideration and settlement.
He applauded unity and unanimity among the provincial Government, leaders and people in Ha Tinh Province in fulfilling given socio-economic targets.
Earlier, Hung and other NA deputies informed voters in Ha Tinh Province of the first NA session's results.
Voters were told that the session had ended successfully with all given programmes completed, bringing about enthusiasm and emulation among people, soldiers and voters through out the country
With the President
Voters from Districts 1 and 3 in HCM City indicate that Vietnamese are highly concerned about national sovereignty and East Sea issues.
At a meeting with President Truong Tan Sang and National Assembly members in HCM City yesterday, they voiced approval for the assembly's recent discussions on the two matters.
The voters said that defending national sovereignty and territory was the nation's most important task, and that Party and State leaders must take strong measures to protect the nations' sea and islands.
They also asked the National Assembly to issue special laws outlining this attitude.
Sang replied that all voters should join hands on the East Sea issue, declaring it a national cause.
On matters relating to sea, islands, and East Sea disputes, Sang said every action would be carry out in accordance with international laws.
Sang warned some people had made use of the situation to work against Viet Nam's political regime and attempted to deceive the people with wrong information about the State's policy and strategy on dealing with the matters.
He said the protection of sovereignty had to be conducted in a manner that ensured peace and development for Viet Nam.
Voters from District 3 also proposed enhancing the supervisory role of the National Assembly over the activities of the Government and its agencies and over NA deputies in elected positions.
Voter Tran Thang Loi from Da Kao Ward in District 1 wondered if promises by NA deputies before the assembly elections would be effective if the NA had so far not decided to monitor their implementation.
They also showed concern about high inflation, poor management of land and urban development as well as education, health, culture and environmental issues.
Sang said he would forward the voters' ideas to the National Assembly.
Addressing concern about inflation, Sang said that dealing with it was the key task of the newly elected National Assembly and Government.
He said ministries and sectors were attempting to create brighter prospects for the country's economy.
He claimed the Party and the State were also strongly determined to act against corruption and bribery under the legal system. — VNS