The ongoing First Session of the 10th
National People's Congress
(NPC) had received 1,050 bills by
its Monday deadline, the session's bills division announced Tuesday
The bills were submitted either by delegations or joint
endorsements of more than 30 lawmakers.
this year's submissions, more than four-fifths call for laws to be
drafted or revised, according to Peng Yibing, director of the
office under the bills division.
The hot topics at present are agriculture, rural development and
farmers' living standards, Peng said.
Peng noted that deputies are interested in how to increase the
income of farmers, the quality of agricultural products, the
industrialization of agriculture and primary education in the
Meanwhile, many bills call for guarantees of the rights of laid-off
workers, migrant laborers and women, as well as safeguards for the
national economy and social security system.
According to the NPC, this is the third year in a row that more
than 1,000 bills were tabled at its annual session. Last year's NPC
session, the fifth session of the ninth NPC, received a total of
"The overall quality of this year's submissions is higher than that
of last year, although there is a decrease in the number,'' said Li
Bojun, vice-director of the office under the bills division.
"Deputies to the 10th NPC are younger, better-educated and with
stronger professional backgrounds than those of the ninth NPC,'' Li
said, noting that many deputies had expertly investigated issues
before raising bills.
The 1,050 recommendations will be submitted to the presidium of the
session on Friday for discussion on whether to hand them over to
specialized committees of the Standing Committee of the NPC.
last year's total, 285 bills were handed over to the Standing
Committee to deal with.
"Those submissions which do not pass the approval process are
either outside the committee's terms of reference or not
appropriate for legislation,'' Li explained.
also said some bills are not well-written, and therefore not
accepted by the NPC.
(China Daily March 12, 2003)