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Deputies make quality a priority

Cao Yin
Updated: Mar 15,2016 9:12 AM     China Daily

The quality of motions introduced by deputies to China’s top legislature has improved this year, with more than two-thirds of the total 462 motions made during the current session resulting from research that included visits to grassroots regions, the secretarial department of the National People’s Congress said.

Of the total motions received by noon on March 11, 314 were submitted after deputies visited grassroots areas across the country for research or a professional seminar, Kong Ping, deputy head of a proposal group in the department, said on March 13.

“Motions resulting from such action accounted for 68 percent of the total,” Kong said, adding that deputies have made quality a priority.

Before the Fourth Session of the 12th National People’s Congress, more than 300 deputies participated in law enforcement inspections nationwide with the NPC Standing Committee, while more than 1,700 delegates conducted research on hot social issues they were concerned about, he said.

“Deputies made full preparations for their motions, aiming to ensure they were highly qualified,” he said.

Of the total motions, 442 focused on the legislative work of the Standing Committee, mainly covering the development of the country’s legal system in a socialist market economy, cultural reforms, people’s livelihoods and improvements in environmental or ecological work.

Fourteen motions targeted the NPC’s supervision of law enforcement and administrative affairs.

“Some deputies attached explanations or even legal drafts to their submitted motions,” Kong said. “We’re studying and analyzing these documents at present and will give feedback to them in a timely manner.”

After the department’s collection and analysis, motions will be submitted to subcommittees of the NPC’s Standing Committee for review, he said.

In addition, more than 8,600 suggestions on the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) were also sent to the department from deputies.

Since the Fourth Plenary Session of the CPC Central Committee in October 2014, at which the central leadership made the rule of law a priority, motions targeting China’s legal establishment have been highlighted.

The department received 522 motions last year, of which, more than 90 percent dealt with the country’s legislative initiatives, including economic and judicial reform.