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China advances handling proposals from two sessions to promote economic, social development

Wang Keju
Updated: Feb 18,2021 21:27

Premier Li Keqiang heard a progress report on the handling of proposals from the 2020 NPC and CPPCC sessions while chairing the State Council executive meeting on Feb 18. He urged pooling the wisdom of NPC deputies and CPPCC members, to sustain sound economic and social development.

The meeting noted that last year, State Council offices and departments coordinated the handling of 8,108 suggestions from NPC deputies and 4,115 proposals from CPPCC members, accounting for 88.3 percent and 84.9 percent of the total, respectively. Related departments adopted some 3,700 pieces of advice and recommendations from the proposals and, on this basis, introduced about 1,500 policy measures.

“Handling suggestions and proposals from NPC deputies and CPPCC members is an integral part of government responsibility in serving the people. It is an institutional arrangement that helps pool consensus and improve government performance. It is a concrete step in exercising governance in response to the people’s expectations,” Premier Li said.

The meeting required that as this year’s two sessions approach, hearing advice and recommendations from NPC deputies and CPPCC members and handling their proposals, as an important part of government work, should be integrated in the government’s decision-making process and policy implementation, to help secure a good start for fully building a modern socialist country.

The meeting underlined the imperative to effectively collect and take in the advice and recommendations from NPC deputies and CPPCC members during the two sessions. Leading officials of competent departments should carefully heed the advice and recommendations from NPC deputies and CPPCC members while sitting in on meetings during the two sessions. All departments concerned should actively explore more channels such as the internet, hotlines and video links, to fully engage with NPC deputies and CPPCC members.

Proposal handling should be closely incorporated into the work of the government. Advice and recommendations from NPC deputies and CPPCC members should be carefully studied and reflected in the Government Work Report and the 14th Five-Year Plan or related work and policy reserves. Their valuable insights should be translated into solid measures that help the government better deliver.

“Continued progress must be made in proposal handling, and concrete results achieved concerning the adopted advice,” Premier Li said.

The meeting also urged raising the quality of proposal handling. It stressed the need to invite NPC deputies and CPPCC members when researching key tasks and specific subjects, and to tackle key issues and difficulties in the course of handling proposals.

Intensified efforts should be made in effectively handling the suggestions and proposals of high representation and concern. Special work plans should be formulated to tackle prominent issues that have been repeatedly raised in the suggestions and proposals. For proposals that are difficult to address and involve local responsibilities, coordination mechanisms should be set up between departments, NPC deputies and CPPCC members and subnational authorities.

Related departments must fulfill their due responsibilities. They should keep work logs, specify time frames, and handle all suggestions and proposals in a timely manner. They should keep NPC deputies and CPPCC members informed on the work progress, and swiftly provide feedback and explanations.

The General Office of the State Council should strengthen coordination, supervision and guidance in this regard. Departments concerned should summarize experience and practices proven effective, and institutionalize and standardize the handling work. Information disclosure of proposal handling should be refined, to receive oversight from NPC deputies and CPPCC members and the general public.

“The annual two sessions will convene shortly. Government departments must work closely together to consolidate the foundation of economic and social development and continuously improve people’s livelihood. Related departments must strengthen engagement with NPC deputies and CPPCC members,” Premier Li said.