NA discusses State asset management (13-05-2008) Ha Noi – The National Assembly yesterday discussed draft laws on managing the use – and abuse – of State property under the chairmanship of Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu. It also discussed the compulsory purchase and requisition of State properties. In an appraisal report on the law on management and use of State property, the NA Standing Committee said the key objective was to cover properties allocated by the Government to public agencies, social organisations and professional associations. For State properties used for national defence and security, the law only provides guiding principles for the Government. National Assembly deputy Hoang Thi Hanh from Ha Noi said it was important the document stipulated the responsibilities of agency heads to make sure they used State properties efficiently. She totally endorsed Article 13 on investments in building new offices. “Such an investments should be put in charge of a specialised agency to avoid waste and losses,” Hanh said. Danh Ut, Kien Giang, agreed with Article 16 that said State properties given to government agencies were for their assigned duties. “If the properties have not been used efficiently or left laying waste, they must be retrieved or transferred to other agencies,” Ut said. The Kien Giang deputy equated the lease of public assets to private owners as a violation of the law, saying that in reality, many public agencies and individuals had rented out their properties to make profits. “This is an act of embezzlement!” Ut said….