​Ex- northern Vietnam provincial heads to be sanctioned for land management violations

The Central Inspection Committee has said that the offenses are serious and stern penalties are necessary

A section of Vinh Phuc Square in the northern Vietnamese province of Vinh Phuc. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Former Party and administration leaders in the northern Vietnamese province of Vinh Phuc are set to be disciplined for several violations regarding land and project management during their tenure.

The Central Inspection Committee announced on Tuesday evening that it had finalized its list of offenses by members of the provincial Party Committee and the People’s Committee for the 2010-15 tenure.

The inspection agency said that Pham Van Vong, former secretary of the Vinh Phuc Party Committee, and Phung Quang Hung, ex-chairman of the provincial administration, would take full responsibility as leaders.

The violations are serious, affecting the reputation of the Party, and require stern disciplinary action, the inspection committee noted.

The standing committee of the Vinh Phuc Party Committee for the 2010-15 tenure violated the regulations of the Party and state regarding the use and management of land and several major development projects.

The provincial Party Committee, under the leadership of Vong, allocated land toward projects against procedure and the law.

Hung, as the leader of the Vinh Phuc People’s Committee during the 2011-15 tenure, gave approval to construction projects that broke the law.

He was responsible for selecting incompetent developers for several projects, and granting land allocations without organizing an auction as stipulated by the law.

With regard to a road and bridge project in Vinh Yen City, the provincial administration had even paid the developers twice.

Payment was also made to developers of the Vinh Phuc Square project before the construction was  finished.

Both projects were implemented under a BT (build-transfer) investment model, in which local authorities either pay developers upon completion, or allow them to develop other projects in order to reclaim their investment as per agreed contracts.

The violations resulted in significant waste and losses of investment capital to the local budget.

During an interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Hung said he took full responsibility for the offenses, stressing that he had gained no personal benefit.

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