Rural issues, energy conservation, environment top Chinese legislature's supervision list

The 10th National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee will intensify its supervision efforts in various fields in 2007 in compliance with a new law that takes effect this year, China's top legislator Wu Bangguo said on Sunday in his report on the work of the NPC Standing Committee to nearly 3,000 lawmakers.

Noting this year marks the first year for the implementation of the Oversight Law, Wu said that the national legislature will take the law as a "fulcrum" for efforts to strengthen and improve supervision, and strictly follow the supervision procedures defined in the law to raise the effectiveness of the oversight work of the NPC Standing Committee.

On the top agenda of the NPC Standing Committee's supervision work in 2007 are the government's efforts in building a new socialist countryside, energy conservation and environmental protection, according to Wu's report.

The NPC Standing Committee will also tighten its supervision on the reform of the medicare system in both urban and rural areas and on food and drug safety management, Wu said.

Safeguarding the lawful rights and interests of workers and investigating the implementation of the Compulsory Education Law will also be on the priority list of the NPC Standing Committee's supervision work this year, said Wu in the report.

The NPC Standing Committee will also 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, according to the report.

The Standing Committee will supervise the government's efforts in protecting the rights and interests of overseas Chinese and Taiwan compatriots who invest in the mainland, said Wu.

The implementation of the Law on the Autonomy of Ethnic Minority Areas will also be under NPC Standing Committee's intensive monitor this year, Wu said.

Source: Xinhua

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