The ongoing annual session of China's top legislative body has
received the largest number of motions from legislators since
This was learned
by the third meeting of the presidium of the Fourth Session
of the Ninth National People's Congress (NPC), held yesterday.
The meeting passed
a report on the treatment of these proposals by He Chunlin,
deputy secretary-general of the session.
By 6 pm on March
10, the deadline for deputies to submit their proposals, the
session had received 1,040 motions, including 25 from NPC
deputy delegations and 1,015 from groups of at least 30 deputies.
The number of motions
is the largest since the first session of the Ninth NPC, which
was convened in 1998, He said in his report.
The motions mainly
concern the 10th Five-Year Plan (2001-05), the major blueprint
guiding the country's economic and social development in the
next five years, he said.
of the motions deal with economic matters such as the development
of small and medium-sized firms, economic adjustment for China's
pending accession into the World Trade Organization and the
stock markets, according to Li Kebing, a member of staff with
the session's secretariat.
The deputies also
showed great interest in matters concerning environmental
protection, medical reform, social security, rural affairs
and education, Li added.
According to NPC
working procedures, the motions have been sorted out by the
A total of 268
of the 1,040 motions have been handed to NPC special committees
to determine whether they should be listed on the agenda of
the NPC or that of its standing committee.
The other 772 motions
have been taken as suggestions or criticisms to be handled
by the NPC Standing Committee's working departments, He said.
(China Daily 03/15/2001)