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Finance Sector: Enhancing responsibility of the head in prevention and fight against corruption

15:43 | 08/04/2018

VCN- Further reform, modernization, streamlining apparatus and enhancing responsibility of the head are the tasks which will be focused by the Finance sector to improve the efficiency of the prevention and fight against corruption in the coming time.

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Publicity, transparency is one of the measures to restrict corruption and negative actions. Photo: N.L

Reforming and changing behavior

In order to heighten awareness and responsibility of carders and civil servants in prevention and fight against corruption and wastefulness, in the first quarter 2018, the Ministry of Finance continues to accelerate the publicity and education on the prevention and fight against corruption; take the initiative in leading and instructing the implementation provisions of the law on the prevention and fight against corruption.

In the first three month of 2018, the Ministry held 185 classes propagandizing and publicizing on the prevention and fight against corruption, studying and publicizing policies of the Party as well as Central’s Directives and Decisions on the prevention and fight against corruption for over 3,277 carders and civil servants. Thereby, contributing to heightening awareness and actions of officials in the Finance sector.

In addition, the Ministry of Finance continues to implement strictly and fully, provisions on publicity and transparency in the operation of agencies, organizations and units; focus on sensitive areas and easy to incur corruption. Also, legal normative documents and written guidance and administrative procedures in the management of the Ministry have been updated promptly in the Ministry’s Portal and its units for people to access easily, search and supervise.

The transfer, assignment and movement of working position have been actively implemented with over 902 officials (of which the General Department of Vietnam Customs with 488 officers, the General Department of Taxation with 355 officers and the State Treasury with 58 officers). The movement which is to prevent corruption has been promptly implemented and in accordance with provisions.

Especially, administrative reform and innovation of science and technology is one of the activities that has been implemented by the entire Finance sector. From the beginning of 2018, the Finance sector has deployed to improve the efficiency, productivity of the work and reduce the contact with people and enterprises. Thereby, reducing the corruption and negative actions.

In the first quarter 2018, the Finance sector conducted 6,909 inspections and checked 41,234 tax dossiers at Tax headquarters and seized 2,250 smuggling cases, requested to handle administrative violations worth VND 3,669 billion and contributed VND 926.6 billion to the State budget. In particular, the Inspectorate of Ministry of Finance conducted 4 inspections. Thereby, it detected and requested to handle administrative violations worth VND 1,903 billion.

Implementing internal inspection for 169 units under the Ministry of Finance, the General Department of Vietnam Customs detected and requested to blame 2 officers and warn 2 officers for administrative violations. At the same time, rectifying and learning from experience in a timely fashion to strengthen the efficiency of the management and prevention of corruption and negative actions.

Streamlining apparatus

Recently, the Party Committee of the Ministry of Finance has issued a Resolution on the prevention and fight against corruption by 2020. It also has specific action plans to implement this Resolution to improve the efficiency of this work in the coming time. This will be the guideline for the Finance sector to strictly implement the prevention and anti-corruption in the sector by 2020, and implement effectively conclusions of Politburo and the Government’s Resolution on prevention and fight against corruption.

The Resolution has provided 8 key tasks, in which the task of improving the role and responsibility of carders and civil servants, especially the head of agencies, organizations and units in preventing and combating corruption. Agencies and organizations of the Ministry of Finance must identify that the prevention and fight against corruption is the key, regular and urgent task for direction. The heads must be exemplary, and drastically and directly instruct the prevention and fight against corruption. If the heads have done well, they will be praised and rewarded. If corruption incurs, and the heads handle promptly in accordance with provisions, overcome the consequence, and report in a timely fashion to competent agencies and organizations, only corrupt officers will be handled and the heads will not be handled. For cases showing signs of corruption in agencies, organizations and units under the Ministry of Finance, but these heads have not actively detected and handled, the head of higher agencies must directly consider and handle responsibility of these heads, especially cases where covering up or preventing the handling of corruption.

The Ministry of Finance has strictly considered and handled responsibility of the heads of corrupt agencies, organizations and units. Some heads of units were concluded that they were irresponsible in detecting corruption and they were handled in accordance with the regulations. For example, in 2017, 9 heads of branches and teams were disciplined; 5 heads of Departments, branches and teams were warned for their unit’s violations.

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In order to effectively implement the prevention and fight against corruption, the Ministry of Finance has set out the task of publicity and strict and synchronous implementation of mechanism of hierarchy, title standards, appointment planning, appointment, reappointment, transfer, movement and improvement of responsibility of the heads in duty performance at all levels. The movement of officers to prevent corruption is the task that agencies and units under the Ministry drastically conducted over the past time.

By Hong Van/Ngoc Loan