Home affairs minister admits flaws in personnel work

Thursday, 2016-11-17 11:33:00
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Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan takes the floor at the question-and-answer session of the 14th National Assembly’s second session in Hanoi on November 16. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO/VNA—Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan took the floor at the question-and-answer session of the fourteenth National Assembly’s second session in Hanoi on November 16, clarifying issues of public concern regarding personnel work.

Deputies raised concerns that several disgraced officials had appointed relatives to leadership positions instead of those meriting such positions, who, they said, argued that the appointment procedure was controlled to cover up their misdeeds.

In response to the issue, Minister Tan said the ministry had formed three working groups in nine locales to conduct investigations within fifteen days, and that the outcomes of each one have been reported to the Prime Minister.

Accordingly, the ministry urged the PM to direct local authorities in personnel appointment to ensure openness, transparency and democracy and to consider cases of abusing position and authority or making unqualified nominations.

About flaws in the recruitment, planning, transfer and appointment of personnel, Deputy Do Duc Hong Ha from Hanoi said some officials and cadres lack a sense of responsibility, competence and discipline and are unwilling to work, thereby undermining the people’s trust in the Party and State.

In the near future, the ministry will coordinate with the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission to amend two decrees and regulations on the appointment, transfer and training of personnel, he said.

The minister also admitted that end-of-term mass recruitment and appointments took place, adding that the Prime Minister directed the inspection of two units and that the results will be reported to the Government and lawmakers soon.

According to him, this year’s inspection focuses on the organisation of personnel entrance examinations, and priorities for next year will be personnel work, targeting ministries, agencies and local governments, especially near the term’s end.

On streamlining human resources over the past two years, only more than 17,000 have been taken off the payroll. Nearly 4,000 are working on contracts at ministries, agencies and local governments while more than 60,000 others work for public administrative units.

He said the ministry committed to the Government that the annual payroll quota will be fixed for each ministry, agency and local government in line with the Politburo’s resolution, which calls for a yearly 1.5% payroll reduction.

Turning to the imposition of disciplinary measures against former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, Tan said that it is an unprecedented case. The Party Central Committee’s Secretariat tasked the Party Delegation to the Government with working closely with the NA’s Party organisation and authorised agencies to consider administrative disciplines in line with the Party and State’s regulations.

The ministry plans to review the ten-year implementation of the Law on Public Officials and Civil Servants which, he said, needs to be revised to force officials and cadres to be responsible for their actions, including retirees and incumbents.