Hanoi (VNA) - Deputy
Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has praised the Government Inspectorate’s
efforts to clarify wrongdoings in several high-profile
corruption cases that drew public attention in 2019.
During a meeting to review the Government
Inspectorate’s work last year and lay out tasks for 2020 in Hanoi on January
13, Deputy PM Binh said that he was aware of the “tremendous pressure” the
government inspectors faced when they looked into the case of State-owned
telecommunication operator Mobifone’s illegitimate purchase of AVG’s
shares, the loss-making Thai Nguyen iron and steel mill project, and
severe violations at Da Nang’s Son Tra Peninsula and Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu
Thiem urban area, which all implicated senior officials, even up to a former
deputy prime minister and former ministers.
“However, you have dutifully carried out your roles
to arrive at accurate and objective results,” he said.
The intensified anti-corruption drive – with a
systematic, comprehensive and no-holds-barred approach – had served as both
a warning and deterrence, Binh said, adding that corruption and other
adverse activities like loss-causing and waste had been restrained, earning
the public’s confidence.
He noted that anti-corruption efforts played a
critical role in maintaining public order, which contributed a great deal to
the impressive socio-economic achievements Vietnam attained last year.
Compared to 2018, the number of mass complaints and
denunciations dropped by a significant amount, Binh claimed, adding the
number of settled cases in 2019 was also higher.
However, Binh pointed out numerous issues the
Government Inspectorate needed to address, including unnecessary inspections
with delayed reports, impractical proposals to deal with violations, and a
small number of inspectors who failed to follow regulations.
Petty corruption also remained a rampant issue that
plagued businesses and people, he said.
He urged the inspectors to focus more on “sensitive
areas” at high risk of corruption, and cases that attracted public
attention, while reviewing the responsibilities and accountability of
leaders of ministries and local governments in the implementation of
Deputy PM Binh also asked that the Government
Inspectorate to expedite investigations into cases the Central Steering
Committee on Anti-Corruption had put on a special monitoring list.
According to the report, 6,601 administrative
inspections and 227,386 specialised inspections were conducted in 2019,
discovering violations worth 173.4 trillion VND (7.5 billion USD) in
addition to the mishandling of 22,548ha of land.
Inspectorate also issued recommendations for administrative punishments
to be handed down to nearly 2,000 organisations and individuals.
It has forwarded its findings related to 94 cases
involving to police investigative units for further action.
The inspectorate uncovered violations at 106 State
agencies and units when it carried out reviews of the implementation of
anti-corruption laws last year./.