NANJING: Government officials are under more supervision than ever before as
authorities step up the crackdown on corruption.
"We have taken the promotion of transparent exercising of government powers
as an important part of our effort to curb graft and build a clean government,"
said Zhao Kezhi, vice-governor of East China's Jiangsu Province.
Along with rapid economic development since the late 1970s, especially after
the mid-1990s, some government officials have used their powers to seek illegal
personal gain, resulting in harm to society and a loss of public confidence in
Cases of high profile officials taking bribes and abusing powers have been
uncovered over the last few years across the country, including in Jiangsu
"We have made it a rule to conduct a thorough examination of power use in all
provincial and municipal government departments and to regulate the exercise of
power so that fewer loopholes are left for officials intending to engage in
illegal activities," said Xie Xiulan, director of Jiangsu Provincial Supervision
Statistics show that in 2006 alone, 9,539 officials at various government
levels in the province were investigated and punished for their misuse of power,
corruption and other illegal activities.
"The number of corruption cases last year was much lower than in previous
years as we have installed a supervision mechanism to conduct regular
examination of officials' performance and garner feedback from the public," said
The provincial supervision committee has set up five inspection teams to
supervise the activities of provincial and municipal officials as well as
leaders of key State-owned enterprises.
The drop in corruption cases is also attributed to a prevention mechanism,
which includes moral education, enforcement of party discipline and observation
of laws and regulations among government officials and civil servants.
The reform of cadre selection and appointment systems has also played a role
in the anti-corruption and clean government move.
To regulate the procedure of selecting and appointing cadres, open elections,
notification before appointment, feedback from the public and voting systems
have been introduced, which, to a great degree, ensure the quality of the
officials from the very beginning.
"Fighting corruption is a long-term endeavor and we will continue the battle
by further strengthening law enforcement, as well as investigation and
punishment for any illegal activities no matter what position the official
holds, said Xie.
(China Daily 02/14/2007 page4)