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Control Yuan members meet the Cabinet

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien, second left, and Premier Liu Chao-hsiuan, second right, prepare to take their seats yesterday during a tour of the Executive Yuan by Control Yuan members.

PHOTO: CNA

Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien and fellow members yesterday visited the Executive Yuan for an all-day meeting with Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) and top Cabinet officials.

The meeting is part of a year-end routine in which Control Yuan members broach questions that they had been asked during the year with the Cabinet.

At a press conference afterwards, Control Yuan member Chao Jung-yao (趙榮耀) quoted Liu as saying that the Cabinet was considering paying tuition for Aboriginal students from elementary to senior high schools.

Control Yuan member Chao Chang-pin (趙昌平) addressed treatment of detainees, a subject that has sparked criticism in recent months of alleged human rights violations during judicial investigations.

Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng (王清峰) was quoted by Chao Chang-pin as saying that the ministry was proposing changes to the controversial detention practices.

On unemployment, Control Yuan member Liu Yu-shan (劉玉山) quoted the premier as saying that the government would try to encourage businesses not to lay off employees and propose incentives to do so.

Meanwhile, Liu was quoted by Wang Chien-shien as saying that Minister of the Interior Liao Liou-yi (廖了以) would look into the problem of why certain government departments have been holding off on appropriating funds promised to non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Wang said that the Control Yuan had received many complaints from NGOs about this problem. The situation has exacerbated NGO difficulties, with donations falling because of the economic climate.

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