Lawmakers review land use policies

Land use and sustainable forest cultivation were key topics discussed by National Assembly deputies yesterday.

According to attendees, wasteful land use has remained a problem, necessitating a review of current regulations.

Deputy Do Van Duong, from HCM City, suggested setting aside 3.8 million hectares of land for rice cultivation to ensure sustainable food supply amidst increasing population.

It was also suggested that industrial land be increased to 200,000ha over the next 10 years despite industrial zones utilising only 46 per cent of currently allocated land.

Dao Van Binh, a deputy from Ha Noi, said that it was essential to calculate the proportion of national industrial development in order to draw up appropriate land use targets.

It was also necessary to review land plans related to education, healthcare and traffic, he added.

Regarding the cultivation of 5 million hectares of forest, deputies expressed concern over deforestation exceeding the pace of current afforestation measures.

Deputy Nguyen Van Hung, from HCM City, confirmed that afforestation had not increased by much, particularly in the south, having dropped in the Central Highlands due to land being illegally cleared for rubber and pepper cultivation purposes amidst ineffective management.

Deputies additionally touched on a draft law on cryptography, necessary for protecting confidential Government information and ensuring national defence and security.

Discussions focused on State management of cryptography activities, the responsibility and rights of the Government Committee and related policies.

Nguyen Viet Nhien, a deputy from northern Hai Phong City, proposed new mechanisms and policies aimed at cryptographic human resource training.

Deputy Dang Dinh Luyen, from central Khanh Hoa Province, said that it was essential to have stricter regulations in recruiting cryptographic staff to better safeguard information.

Southern Tien Giang Province Deputy Tran Van Lan proposed punishing those who let slip valuable information.

"Those involved must take responsibility for endangering the State," he said


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