Party, State vow to enhance inspections
Despite numerous achievements in government inspections over recent years, various issues need to be addressed in order to increase their effectiveness and anti-corruption actions.
The perspective was revealed at a ceremony held in Vientiane on Thursday to mark the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Party and the State Inspection Authority (SIA).
At the ceremony with the nation's Vice President Dr Phankham Viphavanh in attendance, SIA President Dr Bounthong Chitmany highlighted achievements of recent years.
These related to two provincial Party committees and some district Party committees having been warned about the failure in leadership or misconduct. Meanwhile, two district Party committees and four Party organisations at grassroots level were dissolved.
More than 2,700 Party members have been disciplined; 1,440 people's Party membership dissolved, and 960 civil servants and government employees have been disciplined in the period from 2011 to 2016. More than 100 people were the subjects of lawsuits.
These corrupt activities revealed losses exceeding 5 trillion kip, US$93 million, 42 million baht, and 500,000 yuan. About 1 trillion kip, US$72 million, 40 million baht, and all money in Chinese currency has been recovered.
SIA has received more than 8,000 complaints from civil servants, Party members and citizens, mostly concerning land disputes, dissatisfaction with court verdicts and verdict enforcement, and misconduct of authorities and officials, who violated the resolutions, decisions, the Party charter, state laws and regulations.
The Party and government attach considerable importance to inspections as they contribute significantly to maintaining political, economic, and socio-cultural stability, while strengthening political ideology among civil servants and Party members. The process also helps to build the Party in a transparent manner and support a strong organisational structure, in a bid to prevent all forms of corruption.
Insufficient and incom-prehension of regulations, enforcement of existing laws, inspection work not being carried out diligently within each Party organisation, and some officials not taking their responsibilities seriously, are some causes of misconduct leading to the loss of state properties, which the Party and State had to address.
Dr Bounthong said building awareness on inspections was needed while strengthening the leadership and responsibilities of the Party committees and inspection committees at all levels in regularly monitoring organisations and individuals under their supervision in respect to rules, resolutions, decisions of the Party, and laws and regulations of the state.
More attention was needed in addressing selfish behaviour, autocracy and corruption within the organisations, among Party members, civil servants, military and police officers.
By Somxay Sengdara
(Latest Update February 18, 2017)