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New Taipei urged to upgrade administrative efficiency

New Taipei urged to upgrade administrative efficiency

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) New Taipei councilors on Monday criticized what they described as the low administrative efficiency of district offices since the former Taipei County government became a special municipality 10 months ago. Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Councilor Chou Sheng-kao said New Taipei Mayor Eric Liluan Chu had indeed demonstrated his abilities and determination as the city's first mayor since December 2010, but city residents had yet to feel it. "Residents do not feel that New Taipei is a better place to live in than the former Taipei County," Chou charged at a hearing. The problem, according to Chou, is that public employees held over from Taipei County's 29 cities, townships and rural township offices are not working in concert with the New Taipei government after being restructured into 29 new district offices when New Taipei was established. Under the Taipei County framework, for example, there were separate representative councils and assembly halls in different cities, townships and rural townships where resident delegates could meet. "These delegates are now forced to meet in small meeting rooms run by district offices," he charged. Chu responded by saying that he would ask the Civil Affairs Department to look into the situation and help these delegates -- now members of New Taipei's 29 consultant committees -- feel respected. Similar problems have emerged in Kaohsiung, where the former Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County were merged to create a big special municipality. After the merger, the National Property Bureau (NPB) under the Ministry of Finance ended previously held rural-visit operations that allowed tenants of bureau-owned land in remote mountain areas to renew their leases without having to travel long distances. It created a single office, located in Xinxing District, to handle lease renewals, but that forced the tenants, mostly farmers, to travel from their remote mountain homes to downtown Kaohsiung, said opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chiu Yi-ying. Recently, however, the NPB agreed to resume services in rural areas around the municipality, which will allow tenants in the rural districts of Meinong, Cishan, Shanlin, Liouguei, Jiasian, Taoyuan and Neimen to renew leases near where they live. Chiu said similar inconveniences have been experienced by farmers in newly merged municipalities since they were established in late 2010, and she pledged to push NPB offices in other municipalities to restore their rural services. (By Nancy Sha and Deborah Kuo)


Updated : 2021-06-16 15:50 GMT+08:00