NA Standing Committee in favour of disciplinary actions against retired officials
Members of the National Assembly
Standing Committee agreed that retired cadres should still be disciplined for
violations they committed in the discharge of their duties, but urged for more
clarification in legal documents.
Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan presents the report on the draft amendments
to the Law on Cadres and Civil Servants and the Law on Public Employees. — VNA/VNS
Photo Duong Giang
The committee convened yesterday to
discuss the draft amendments to the laws on cadres, civil servants and public
employees in Hanoi.
Minister of Home Affairs Le Vinh Tan
said proposed disciplinary measures against retired cadres – censure, warning
and finally, stripping their title at the time when the violation was committed
– were new additions that might encounter legal issues during implementation.
Tan said the Government has asked NA
Standing Committee to issue detailed instructions to carry out the law in future
Tasked with assessing the draft law,
the NA judicial committee concurred this new regulation is necessary as it
institutionalises the Party Central Committee’s demand for “strict handling of
offenders, even when they have switched to another position or have retired.”
The NA judicial committee also asked
the drafting authors to clarify that the law would stay consistent with current
regulations which allow administrative fines or criminal charges of retired
Regarding the draft law’s measure
which involves retrospectively stripping the official of their title or
position, chairwoman of the NA judicial committee Le Thi Nga called for greater
consideration, citing the case of former trade minister Vu Huy Hoang.
“His position was a historical fact.
Everything that he had done, the documents he had signed as the leader of the
ministry will be called into question,” she said, suggesting that documents he
signed would not be automatically rendered null and void, unless the court
Nga said the title deprivation must
be clarified to stress that the measure is meant to take away the benefits that
come with the title, while other rights such as social insurance or health
insurance would remain intact.
The judicial chair also agreed with
the draft’s proposed statute of limitation of 60 months but noted that in cases
of “especially serious violations”, there would not be a limit to issue
“When the official is 70-80 years old
already, is it appropriate or practical summoning him up to carry out
disciplinary action for something he did wrong 20 years ago?,” NA Chairwoman
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan asked.
She also voiced her support for
keeping demotion as an important and highly potent disciplinary action.
In the session, the lawmakers also
discussed measures to attract and retain talent in the public sector, including
better benefit schemes and sector-specific support policies, as well as the
merits of one draft law’s provisions that seek to eliminate undefined length
contracts with public employees, in order to push them to improve their capacity
and better fulfil their duties.