Il­le­gal sand min­ing to be pun­ished

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

Laïi Hoàng Thanh, deputy di­rec­tor of the Vieät Nam Gen­eral Depart­ment of Ge­ol­ogy and Min­er­als, un­der Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment, speaks to (Youth) news­pa­per about mea­sures to man­age the ex­ploita­tion of sand

and peb­bles from river beds

Sand ex­ploita­tion can cause ero­sion in a neigh­bour­ing lo­cal­ity. How will this prob­lem be set­tled?

In the draft de­cree, we have stated clearly the need to have close-co-or­di­na­tion and co-op­er­a­tion among peo­ple’s com­mit­tees of all prov­inces shar­ing the river basin. We re­alise that plan­ning is only a part of the task of a re­gional goal which re­quires the in­volve­ment of many dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers. As a re­sult, the ex­ploita­tion of river sand is just a part of re­gional plan­ning work.

Vieät Nam has more than 300 river basins na­tion­wide which are shared by at least two prov­inces. To avoid prob­lems, the Gov­ern­ment has come up with a co- op­er­a­tion mech­a­nism for lo­cal­i­ties that share the same river. Based on the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment on the ex­ploita­tion of each river, the Gov­ern­ment will come up with a plan on how to ex­ploit the river’s po­ten­tials for each prov­ince. Does the draft de­cree have any sanc­tions for se­nior of­fi­cials who fail to per­form their du­ties prop­erly?

The draft in­cludes sanc­tions for se­nior of­fi­cers who fail to per­form their du­ties. There are three lev­els of pun­ish­ment de­pend­ing on the na­ture of the in­ci­dent – rep­ri­mand, warn­ing and de­mo­tion.

The draft also states clearly that heads of pro­vin­cial peo­ple’s com­mit­tees are given the right to pun­ish sub­or­di­nates who have failed to ac­com­plish their du­ties at both dis­trict and com­mu­nal lev­els.

Do you think the mea­sures out­lined in the draft will put a halt to the “acute” prob­lem of “sand pi­rates”?

I can’t say for sure that we will win the bat­tle against “sand pi­rates”, but we’ll try to do our best to cre­ate pos­i­tive changes in the ex­ploita­tion of sand from rivers. I also hope we will re­ceive pub­lic sup­port for our ef­forts. — VNS

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