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NPC deputies submit fewer, better motions

Cao Yin
Updated: Mar 17,2018 7:17 AM     China Daily

National legislators have attached more importance to the quality of their suggestions and motions put forward during the ongoing session of the National People’s Congress, according to the session’s secretariat.

By the afternoon of March 16, the department had received 325 motions from NPC deputies, of which 322 focus on the legislative agenda, covering all aspects of the country’s developments.

The number of motions was down from 514 submitted during last year’s annual session of the top legislature.

“Although we see fewer motions this year, the quality has been improved,” said Guo Zhenhua, head of the group for handling motions under the secretariat. “All motions were made and submitted after research and discussions among deputies.”

For example, some deputies have submitted a motion to revise laws on courts and procuratorates to adapt to the country’s ongoing institutional and supervisory reforms.

The deputies have also paid attention to building a modernized economy and suggested better regulating online finance, drafting an e-commerce law and amending the Patent Law, according to the secretariat.

Issues closely related to people’s livelihood, cultural development and environmental protection have also been the focus of deputies’ motions.

Some motions suggest revising laws to better protect women and senior citizens, and some call for the improved preservation of traditional villages, Guo said.

Improving preschool education and ensuring campus security are also among the proposed issues, he said.

“Now we are analyzing the motions one by one in line with laws, and will submit our suggestions on how to handle them to the session’s presidium for deliberation,” Guo said.

Besides the motions, the department also got more than 7,100 suggestions from deputies, mainly related to poverty alleviation, pollution prevention and control, and the Belt and Road Initiative, the statement said.

“We’ll send the suggestions to institutes or offices in charge of the related matters after careful review, ensuring that each of them is resolved and giving feedback to every suggestion provided,” Guo added.

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