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Lawmakers seek more effective exercise of duty

03-09-2014 21:01 BJT Special Report: 2014 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

The National People's Congress, vows to strengthen supervision to ensure implementation of major policy decisions and achieving this year's tasks for economic and social development. As our reporter Han Bin finds out, many NPC deputies say the government spending is more transparent this year, but the boundaries of government power must not be defined by the government itself, but by the law.

March in Beijing. Thousands of out-of-town lawmakers have gathered in the capital, for the annual full session of the National People's Congress. Shangguan Jiqing is from northwestern Shaanxi Province. Reviewing the government work report and making suggestions, are the basic forms of supervision by the deputies.

"The fiscal budget decides the government's priorities. It's crucially important for the NPC to exercise responsible supervision that can influence the government choices and functions in reforms," said Shangguan Jiqing, NPC Deputy, Shaanxi.

Shangguan says fiscal planning calls for increasing the agriculture budget by 8.4% this year. He says this is in line with the new policies released by the work report to continue preferential polices to the western underdeveloped regions.

Shangguan has taken part in other forms of NPC supervision. He's gone on several inspections in law enforcement, listened to key-project reports, and was invited to attend a NPC Standing Committee meeting.

China's constitution grants the National People's Congress the highest power of oversight. But it's also been criticized as being a rubber stamp. Many believe the NPC needs to exercise its power as well as explore ways of being more effective in its supervision on issues of major public concern.

Deputy Cai Jiming says what's needed is a mechanism and the resources to back it.

"All of the NPC deputies have held two or more posts concurrently, and have little time to do the real job to supervise. The limited numbers of law enforcement inspections can only find some problems. And most deputies have not been directly talking with and listening to the people," said Cai Jiming, NPC Deputy, Tianjin.

Shangguan Jiqing and many other deputies say while feedback on their suggestions is critical, what's really important is implementation and how it's done. They say great progress has been made, but there's still much room for improvement, to strengthen the pillars of NPC oversight.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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