Actively engaging in explanation and incorporating public feedback on water resources law amendment

01/10/2023

TN&MTOn March 15, 2023, the National Assembly Standing Committee convened and provided feedback on the draft Water Resources Law amendment during its 21st session, as indicated in Announcement No. 2127/TB-TTKQH.

According to the majority of opinions expressed by the Committee on Science, Technology, and Environment and the conclusions reached by the National Assembly Standing Committee, there is a consensus to focus on research and revisions of technical drafting, presentation methods, and clarification of harmonization without altering the core content of the draft law submitted by the government. The four main policies previously approved by the National Assembly are to be retained.

The Water Resources Law Amendment Project has been reviewed and commented upon by the National Assembly Standing Committee at its 21st session.

Mr. Chau Tran Vinh, Director of the Water Resources Management Department, stated that regarding the specific proposal to reduce the number of details governed by the government in the law, the department recommends a review and consideration of reducing the number of government-regulated details. This reduction is estimated to specify about ten articles, such as Article 27, Article 28, Article 29, Article 43, Article 56, Article 82, and others, reducing the government's guiding content from 33 articles to approximately 23.

The department is also reviewing and explaining other related proposals from the Committee on Science, Technology, and Environment and the conclusions of the National Assembly Standing Committee, particularly those related to restructuring the water resource management organization and machinery, ensuring unity, efficiency, and effectiveness. Additionally, they are considering amendments to prohibit the disposal of waste into water protection zones (Clause 2), encroachment on river, stream, canal, and reservoir protection zones (Clause 4), and evaluating the feasibility of regulations that ban the discharge of wastewater into underground water sources.

Furthermore, the Drafting Committee and the Editorial Board of the Water Resources Law Amendment have engaged in discussions and reached agreements to clarify certain points to ensure comprehensive regulation, control, and regulation of water-related issues based on unified water resource management principles.

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