Budget violations found in Ho Chi Minh City's government: inspectors

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An undated file photo shows Le Hoang Quan, chairman of HCMC People's Committee, speaking at a meeting. Photo credit: VnEconomy 
Government inspectors have uncovered a number of wrongdoings in the administration of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan between 2011 and 2014, local media reported.
The Government Inspectorate said Quan, who is serving his second term, failed to adequately oversee public projects undertaken by the city's districts, leading to violations in the use of public funds, news website VnEconomy reported.
Inspectors said the management of public land and housing was also problematic.
Between 2011 and 2013, more than 416,000 square meters of public land in the city were left abandoned and more than 45,000 square meters of public land were illegally encroached, according to inspectors.
Many public projects lagged behind schedule or required additional funding, they said.
The city government also failed to send the money earned from leasing more than 15,000 square meters of public land to companies to the state budget, VnEconomy reported.
The declaration of assets and income of the city government officials was not conducted properly, according to inspectors.
The Government Inspectorate is now waiting for further instructions from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to clarify the responsibility of the HCMC People’s Committee and any officials involved in the wrongdoings.
Thanh Tra, a news website of the inspectorate, reported that Quan had been asked to review all the violations and take appropriate actions at a meeting with inspectors on Monday. 
Quan, 62, took office as chairman of the committee in 2006. He won a second five-year term in 2011.
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's major trading and financial hub. Its economy grew 8.55 percent in the first six months, the fastest rate in three years. 

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