Chinese legislature to discuss law amendments to strengthen supervision of civil servants

16:46, June 11, 2010      

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China's top legislature will discuss amendments to a law so to strengthen supervision of civil servants and grant greater say to rural people in deciding village affairs during a bimonthly session scheduled from June 22-25.

According to Friday's Chairmen's Council of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, presided over by top legislator Wu Bangguo, lawmakers will continue to deliberate draft amendments to the Administrative Supervision Law, which has been submitted to parliament for its second reading.

Supervision Minister Ma Wen said when briefing lawmakers during the first reading in February, the law was aimed to improve the supervisory and offence reporting system so as to fight corruption and work inefficiency.

Legislators will also discuss draft amendments to the Organic Law of Villagers' Committees, which affects the country's 900 million rural people.

The draft, which was reviewed for the first time last December, considers giving rural people greater powers to remove village committee members and to convene their own meetings to decide village affairs.

Lawmakers will also turn their attention to, for the third time, a draft law regarding the management of oil and natural gas pipelines -- spelling out specific responsibilities for pipeline companies.

A review for the first time a draft law on mediation, draft amendments to the law on officers in reserve service and a consular treaty with Cambodia, is also scheduled.

As well, lawmakers will discuss the 2009 central budget submitted by the State Council, or Cabinet, an audit report of the budget and reports on the implementation of the laws on women's rights protection and science and technology progress.



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