Officials warned of corruption ahead of holidays
Updated: 2006-12-31 09:38
Beijing -- China on Saturday urged local officials to
practise self-discipline and avoid corruption during the upcoming holiday
The Central Commission for Discipline
Inspection of the Communist Party of China and the Ministry of Supervision
issued a circular to Party organizations and governments, requesting enhanced
awareness among officials and asking them to set an example to the public.
"All Party officials must have a healthy, civilized
and thrifty New Year holiday and the Spring Festival, and economically arrange
activities during the holidays," it says.
circular bans officials from spending government money on visits, tours,
banquets and other costly entertainment.
warns against taking bribes like cash and stocks, gambling and other means of
collecting money such as weddings and funerals.
Year and Spring Festival subsidies and bonuses are prohibited for civil
servants, and parties and award ceremonies must be limited as well.
"Cadres must restrain themselves and educate their spouses, children and
staff," it says.
The authorities also
require local officials to care about people's living standards, especially
those in poor and disaster-hit regions, and to try their best to solve issues of
"The allocation of disaster relief
funds and materials, and unemployment and retirement benefits must be ensured
and companies must pay delayed salaries to employees, especially migrant
workers," says the circular.
Issues that provoke
public complaints, including land seizures, re-allocation of reservoir
residents, pollution and production safety, must be properly handled.
The governments must also enhance supervision of food and
drug markets, production safety and crack down on counterfeit production.
However, no additional burdens can be passed on to
the public and companies, especially farmers with additional fee impositions.
The circular also urged officials to identify and
resolve unrest promptly, and to respond to public complaints and letters as a
Financial and auditing departments must
enhance management and supervision, and Party discipline officials must improve
ties with the people, hear their voices and properly deal with corruption.
The Spring Festival is a traditional Chinese
holiday when people celebrate the beginning of lunar new year and enjoy family
reunions. It falls on February 18 next year.
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