Annuity reform top priority for next session: Jiang
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday that the Cabinet will focus on going through annuity reform drafts and 50 other amendments in the upcoming legislative session.
February 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Judging from the past, sometimes it takes two or more sessions for the Legislature to approve major bills, the premier said.
The government's annuity reform plan concerns the rights of 23 million people, Jiang said, adding that the Cabinet will do its best to seek support, reach a consensus with the Legislature and hopefully help get the draft approved as soon as possible.
Jiang, Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國), Cabinet Secretary-General Chen Wei-jen (陳威仁) and spokesperson Cheng Li-wen (鄭麗文) yesterday visited the Legislative Yuan, a day after the new Cabinet's inauguration.
The annuity reform plan proposed by the Executive Yuan and the Examination Yuan is not impeccable, he stated, saying that there is still room for improvement and that the Cabinet is open-minded to opinions from various sectors.
Jiang went on to say that he has already requested relevant departments to draw up drafts concerning annuity reform and preventing media monopolies.
He said that the Cabinet will send the drafts to the Legislative Yuan shortly, which will allow the Legislature to have enough time to review them, hold hearings and host negotiations between parties.
In response, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said that apart from the drafts that the Executive Yuan wants to pass in the coming legislative session, the Cabinet has to respond to the resolutions made during the previous session over retired servicemen, civil servants and teachers' year-end bonuses, as well as the year-end performance bonuses of employees at state-owned firms.
Wang said he expects issues such as oil and electricity policies, the budget for the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, and an amendment for a free economic demonstration zone plan to draw attention in the Legislature.
Wang said he has suggested the Cabinet work harder on communicating with the Legislature and the public, and to respect and act in accordance with public opinion.