BEIJING is quietly moving the dates of the annual session of the NPC forward as many top leaders feel that having the annual meeting in the early part of the year can help raise the Government's efficiency. It is understood some senior leaders have even suggested that the NPC should start as early as February instead of March as it has in the past four decades. Since 1949, Chinese lawmakers were only summoned to Beijing in about March to take part in the assembly, which holds the constitutional right to scrutinise government budgets and various development programmes. But in the past few years, the Government has been forced on several occasions to revise its budgets or work plans. under the pressure of NPC delegates.