Controversy surrounds the final drafts of Premier Zhu Rongji's government work report, to be delivered to the National People's Congress next week. Despite the impending opening of the plenary session of the legislature, other senior ministers have yet to finalise key reports, including those on the budget and socio-economic planning. A parliamentary source in Beijing said yesterday Mr Zhu would put the finishing touches to his state-of-the-government report after returning to China from his tour to Russia. In previous years, major NPC reports were usually wrapped up about a fortnight before the session began. 'Zhu's drafting team has to give a convincing explanation of why a number of reforms, including enterprise reform, announced by the Premier at last year's NPC have apparently slowed down,' the source said. 'Moreover, of all the targets announced by the Zhu Government at the NPC last year, only the one about keeping inflation down has been fully achieved.' The source said Mr Zhu was likely to focus on more tangible achievements, such as China's ability to withstand the Asian financial crisis and the stability of the yuan. Of the various reforms cited by the Premier last year, Mr Zhu is expected to focus on the relative success of financial changes, including cleaning up poorly run banks, financial and trust companies. Political analysts said Mr Zhu's team would also have to convince the deputies that the methods they were taking, including encouraging domestic consumption, could help achieve this year's goal of a seven per cent growth rate. Last year, the country faced tremendous difficulties in attaining a 7.8 per cent growth rate, which was 0.2 per cent less than the original target. Analysts said the authorities were still fine-tuning controversial points about the budget, including the size of the budget deficit and allocations for the army. Senior cadres, including Finance Minister Xiang Huaicheng, had already pointed out that, to stimulate the economy, the deficit would be bigger than in previous years. A PLA source said it was likely that part of the budget increase for the army, including compensation for closing PLA firms, would not be publicised.