BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday
discussed drafting an amendment to the state compensation law, which would
guarantee smoother channels and improved procedures for victims seeking
compensation from state organs.
State organs under compensatory obligations should
decide whether to compensate or not within two months after receiving appeals,
according to the amendment, which was being scrutinized by the Fifth Session of
the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress.
Those who claimed compensation from state organs but
were not satisfied with the result, could complain to the state organs' superior
departments, the amendment said.
If they were still not satisfied or didn't receive
prompt replies, they could appeal to the courts at the same level, according to
Problems including insufficient law enforcement
against state organs under compensatory obligations, delays in making decisions
and delivering compensation and a shortage of financing support had made it
difficult for victims to protect their rights and interests, said Li Shishi,
head of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee.
"The amendment tackles those problems and will
provide a quicker and easier way for them to seek compensation."
Apart from those changes, the draft amendment would
also increase an article about both victims and state organs' obligations in
providing evidence for their claims. It also, for the first time, added
compensation for psychic injury.
To help victims get paid promptly, the amendment said
state organs had to deliver compensation applications to the relevant financial
departments within seven days of receiving a compensation invoices from the
victims. The relevant financial departments should in turn pay the victims
within 15 days.
The state compensation law was approved by the
National People's Congress in May 1994 and was put into effect starting in 1995.
It plays an important role in solving conflict
between citizens and state organs, and to sustain social stabilities, Li