The revised Law on Viet Nam Civil Aviation passed by the National Assembly yesterday adds a number of aviation and essential non-aviation services subject to price control by the State, aiming to ensure the interests of both consumers and enterprises.

It also affirms that the national aviation authority is the Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam under the Ministry of Transport.

Under the 1944 Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation and the guidance of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the national aviation authority is responsible for implementing global conventions in the country, handling administrative procedures and inspecting and monitoring all aviation activities.

NA deputies also agreed yesterday that amendments were required to the Law on Military Service Duty, stressing the need for better defence preparedness and a fair process for deferment of service.

Deputy Le Hien Van of Ha Noi, Le Dac Lam of Binh Thuan and Nguyen Sy Hoi of Nghe An suggested 24 months as the duration of military service for each person. They said this is minimum time required to ensure that military officers were always ready to serve the country.

Deputies also said it is necessary to narrow down the list of candidates eligible for postponement of military service so that it is fair for all citizens of military service age.

The draft law says the postponement can apply only to shoe who have gained admission to full-time university courses, and even then, they would have to undergo national service after graduation.

However, the amended law needs to have detailed provisions to make military service regulations more feasible, deputies said. For instance, the law does not cover those graduating from universities and opting to pursue post-graduate courses, the deputies pointed out.

Deputy Le Dac Lam also raised the question of citizens of military service age who are sent abroad for studies.

Government organisation

In the afternoon session, National Assembly deputies discussed the revised law on governmental organisation.

They agreed that amendments were necessary to fix irregularities and improve innovation and flexibility in government management. They also said the amendments must reflect principles of the 2013 Constitution and clearly define decentralisation for local governmental levels.

Deputy Tran Du Lich from Ho Chi Minh City said the law needed to eliminate uncertainty about the responsibilities of the Government and those of local authorities.

Deputy Bui Sy Loi from Thanh Hoa Province said the law needed detailed regulations on the number of female members of Government bodies and the number of female deputy ministers in order to ensure gender equality.—VNS



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