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House chairman calls for effort to reduce land complaints

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 12:29 GMT+7

Half of administrative decisions related to land issues have been proven wrong, and the number of complaints has steadily increased, so it is necessary to find out exactly what the problems related to the issue are and resolve them, the National Assembly chairman has said. NA leader Nguyen Sinh Hung made the statement at a meeting of the NA’s Standing Committee to discuss its report on the legislative body’s supervision over agencies that resolve citizen complaints and denunciations through relevant laws and policies. Accordingly, from 2003 to 2010, State agencies received and handled more than 1.2 million complaints and accusations, of which 70 percent were over land issues. From 2008-2011, the number of complaints was nearly 700,000. Last year, the country saw more than 4,000 cases in which complainants gathered in groups to express their common discontent, the report said. Of the total number of complaints over land issues, 70 percent were related to land withdrawal, compensation and resettlement; 20 percent were over land allocation, lease and change of land use purposes; and the rest were related to granting and revoking certificates of land use rights. Nguyen Van Giau, chairman of the NA’s Economic Committee, blamed the situation mainly on the State’s prices of land, which are much lower than market prices or the prices that investors can pay to people whose land is reclaimed for public projects. Seconding Giau, Uong Chu Luu, vice chairman of the NA, said, “The State’s land prices based on which compensations are made are too low, often even hundreds of times lower than market prices, resulting in payments that are too low to accept by land users.” Meanwhile, certain State officials in charge of land issues are unqualified to manage, while others have abused their position and power to gain illegitimate benefits for themselves, or commit other acts of corruption. Identify what’s wrong Commenting on the situation, Hung said “it has become very serious”, a fact reflected in the high quantity of complaints and the statistics that half of the total number of land-related decisions issued by concerned agencies were incorrect. “Complaints and denunciations by citizens have increased more and more and there have been more cases in which complainants gathered in groups. This situation has been affecting the life of people,” Hung said. Hung asked the NA’s supervision teams to perfect the report and include in it suggestions about possible amendments to the Land Law, as well as to related governmental decrees and ministry circulars. “I request that the Government, the State’s Inspectorate, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment review decisions related to land issues and find out what is wrong and where, so that concerned agencies can handle the problems and pay compensation to people affected by wrong decisions,” the NA leader said. “We must take effective measures that help reduce the number of new complaints and denunciations so that concerned agencies can concentrate their time and effort on resolving outstanding cases.”

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