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Lu hopes tech committee will continue to operate

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) hopes to see a technology advisory committee she chairs operate on an ad hoc basis and would like to establish a technology ministry if the president decides to disband the non-institutional body, a source at the Presidential Office told the Taipei Times yesterday.

"While the vice president would like to see the committee continue to function before May 19, she would like the matter taken care of using a two-pronged approach," said the official, who asked not to be named.

Since May 20 is the second anniversary of the second term of Lu and President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), the official said that Lu thought it made sense for the committee to continue to operate before that day.

She would like to see the committee function on an ad hoc basis after that date if the president decided to disband it, the official said.

At the same time, Lu would like to see a technology ministry established under the Executive Yuan, the official said.

For that to occur, the Organic Law of the Executive Yuan (行政院組織法) would need to be amended.

The Legislative Yuan passed a resolution in January requesting six non-institutional bodies set up under the Presidential Office be dissolved.

They are the Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the preparatory group for the national human rights memorial museum, the Gender Mainstreaming Advisory Panel, the Constitutional Re-engineering Office, the Youth Corps and the Human Rights Advisory Committee.

Lu chairs the Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the Human Rights Advisory Committee.

The Presidential Office had originally planned to finish a review of the fate of the six institutions by last month, but was delayed because of the controversy caused by the president's decision to mothball the National Unification Council.

Lu has said that the Presidential Office was authorized to form the Human Rights Advisory Committee under the Standard Organic Law of Central Government Agencies (中央政府機關組織基準法) and did not need to enact more legislation to do so.

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