II. We will implement the Oversight Law and make oversight work more effective.
The Standing Committee actively explored ways to strengthen and improve the oversight work of the NPC over the last four years, following an approach to oversight work that requires concentrating on the core tasks, identifying priorities and striving for substantive results. It listened to, deliberated and approved 44 special reports on the work of the central government, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate and investigated compliance with 21 laws. Through the oversight work of the NPC, solutions were found to some longstanding problems affecting the overall interests of the country, thus ensuring correct implementation of the laws, promoting government administration in accordance with the law, ensuring justice in the judicial system and safeguarding the lawful rights and interests of the people.
This year is the first year for the implementation of the Oversight Law. We will take the implementation of this law as a fulcrum for efforts to strengthen and improve oversight, standardize the forms of oversight to comply with the law and strictly follow the procedures defined in the law in order to exercise more effective oversight and raise the oversight work of the Standing Committee to a new level. We plan to investigate compliance with the law in three areas and listen to and deliberate nine special work reports during the year.
First, we will listen to and deliberate the State Council's reports on building a new socialist countryside, conserving energy and protecting the environment.
Second, we will listen to and deliberate the State Council's reports on reforming the urban and rural medical and health care systems, tightening oversight of food and drug safety and safeguarding the lawful rights and interests of workers, and investigate compliance with the Compulsory Education Law.
Third, we will listen to and deliberate reports by the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate on improving the systems for trial oversight and oversight over procuratorial work. We will monitor how well the opinions contained in the reports on compliance with the Law on Judges and the Law on Public Procurators have been implemented.
Fourth, we will listen to and deliberate the State Council's reports on work related to overseas Chinese and on protecting the lawful rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots investing in the mainland. We will monitor implementation of the opinions contained in the reports on compliance with the Law on the Autonomy of Ethnic Minority Areas, and monitor progress in formulating related supporting rules and regulations.
We will strengthen oversight of budget implementation and economic work. We will listen to and deliberate the State Council's report on the final accounts of the central government and corresponding auditing report for 2006, and report on standardizing government transfer payments. We will call on all concerned departments to balance their budgets, ensure that key expenditures are properly funded, properly handle surplus revenue over the budget target, standardize transfer payments and improve outstanding balance management for the national debt. We will support the auditing authorities in performing their duties in accordance with the law and urge concerned departments to address or correct any problem uncovered in the audit. We will listen to and deliberate the State Council's report on the implementation of the plan for economic and social development and increase monitoring and analysis of the performance of the economy to promote sound and fast development of the Chinese economy. (More)