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Work report of NPC Standing Committee

Posted: 2011-March-18
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  II. Continuing to strengthen oversight work in the new circumstances

  During the Eleventh Five-Year Plan period, enormous new achievements were made in reform, opening up and socialist modernization. China's economic strength and overall strength and the people's standard of living all reached new heights, marking a new starting point for all of China's undertakings. At the Fifth Plenary Session of the Seventeenth Central Committee, the Central Committee thoroughly analyzed the international and domestic situations in the coming period, and made the important judgment that our country's development is still in an important period of strategic opportunities during which China can accomplish much. The Central Committee also decided upon the guiding thought, general philosophy, objectives, tasks and major measures for economic and social development in the coming five years. It also emphasized the need to make scientific development our theme and accelerating the transformation of the pattern of economic development our main thread, make significant progress in promoting scientific development, and make substantial progress in transforming the pattern of economic development. This has set new and higher requirements for doing the NPC's oversight work well in the new circumstances.

  This year, the Standing Committee's oversight work will firmly focus on the implementation of the Twelfth Five-Year Plan approved at this session, continue to strengthen the oversight of law enforcement and work performance in accordance with the provisions of the Oversight Law, carry out oversight in a variety of ways, concentrate oversight more on matters concerning the country's overall interests and the people's wellbeing, and obtain more tangible results from the NPC's oversight work. First, we will listen to and deliberate the reports on the implementation of the plan and budgets as well as on the central government' s final accounts and auditing work, and examine and approve the 2010 final accounts of the central government; focus on examining the implementation of a proactive fiscal policy and a prudent monetary policy as well as the efforts to stabilize prices and curb the excessively rapid rise of housing prices in some cities; conduct research on how to guard against local government debt risks and how to set up a sound mechanism for ensuring basic funding for county-level governments; and press ahead with implementation of the central government's macro-control policies as well as measures for reforming key sectors in order to promote steady and rapid economic development. Second, we will listen to and deliberate the State Council's reports on its work concerning accelerating the transformation of the pattern of economic development, environmental protection, reform of the tenure of collective forests and developing the tourism industry; investigate compliance with the Law on Rural Land Contracts; carry out investigations and studies on promoting economic and social development in ethnic minority areas; and urge relevant parties to implement the Scientific Outlook on Development with specific measures in practical work. Third, we will listen to and deliberate the State Council's reports on building low-income housing, implementing the National Medium- and Long-Term Plan for Education Reform and Development, and fire prevention; investigate compliance with the Law on Food Safety, the Labor Contract Law, the Law Guaranteeing the Rights and Interests of Senior Citizens and other laws; and urge relevant parties to effectively solve problems of the utmost concern to ordinary people such as adequate housing, schooling for children, employment, and the protection of workers' rights and interests. Fourth, we will listen to and deliberate reports of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate on strengthening primary-level work in order to solve prominent problems restricting improvement of judicial competence at the primary level, strengthen their management and competence, and promote judicial justice. Fifth, we will listen to and deliberate the State Council's report on the implementation of the fifth five-year plan for spreading general knowledge of the law among the people, adopt a resolution for implementing the sixth five-year plan for this purpose, identify the priorities in this effort and promote the formation of a good social environment in which the people conscientiously study, abide by and apply the law.

  Appropriately adjusting income distribution is a problem of common concern to the people and NPC deputies, and it is also a problem we must solve in order to transform the pattern of economic development. As this problem involves both the primary distribution and redistribution of national income, it is a task that is both arduous and urgent. The Standing Committee will address this issue with its focus on intensifying investigations and studies on raising the proportion of national income that goes to individuals, raising the proportion of workers' wages in the primary distribution, standardizing income distribution, strengthening the role of taxation in adjusting incomes, and reversing the widening income disparity. When conditions are ripe, we will make arrangements to listen to and deliberate the State Council's work report on this issue. We will continue to carry out special inquiries in accordance with the law on low-income housing, government budgets, education reform, and strengthening primary-level courts and procuratorates; deliberate the work reports of the State Council, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate; and give impetus to relevant departments to improve their work.

Source: Xinhua 2011-03-18Editor: Shen
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