The 10th National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee
will intensify its supervision efforts in various fields in 2007 in
compliance with a new law that takes effect this year, China's top
legislator Wu Bangguo said on Sunday in his report on the work of
the NPC Standing Committee to nearly 3,000 lawmakers.
Noting this year marks the first year for the implementation of
the Oversight Law, Wu said that the national legislature will take
the law as a "fulcrum" for efforts to strengthen and improve
supervision, and strictly follow the supervision procedures defined
in the law to raise the effectiveness of the oversight work of the
NPC Standing Committee.
On the top agenda of the NPC Standing Committee's supervision
work in 2007 are the government's efforts in building a new
socialist countryside, energy conservation and environmental
protection, according to Wu's report.
The NPC Standing Committee will also tighten its supervision on
the reform of the medicare system in both urban and rural areas and
on food and drug safety management, Wu said.
Safeguarding the lawful rights and interests of workers and
investigating the implementation of the Compulsory Education Law
will also be on the priority list of the NPC Standing Committee's
supervision work this year, said Wu in the report.
The NPC Standing Committee will also listen to and deliberate
reports by the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's
Procuratorate on improving the systems for trial oversight and
oversight over procuratorial work, according to the report.
The Standing Committee will supervise the government's efforts
in protecting the rights and interests of overseas Chinese and
Taiwan compatriots who invest in the mainland, said Wu.
The implementation of the Law on the Autonomy of Ethnic Minority
Areas will also be under NPC Standing Committee's intensive monitor
this year, Wu said.
(Xinhua News Agency March 11, 2007)