Officials propose end to district-level legislative bodies

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A great deal of money and time will be saved if the legislative People's Councils cease at the district level, officials told a meeting held by the Ministry of Home Affairs Monday in Hanoi.


The meeting came one and a half years after pilot projects to halt the district councils were launched at ten provinces and cities across the country.


Citing Ho Chi Minh City's pilot, Pham Thi Phuong Thao, chairwoman of the city's People's Council, said without the agencies, the city has saved time on lengthy meetings.


The bureaucratic apparatus has been lightened, she said, benefiting locals.


It has also encouraged People's Committees - administration agencies - to meet with local people more, she added.


The pilot should be extended to more provinces, according to the chairwoman, to enhance the role of the People's Committees. 


Agreeing with Thao, Vo Duy Khuong, vice chairman of the People's Committee in the central city of Da Nang, said over the past one and half years, the city has saved at least VND7 billion (US$366,530) from the absence of district councils.


Local people like to meet with the provincial People's Council, as the agency usually handles their problems faster, Khuong said.

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