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Inspections in provinces foster plans for corrections

(China Daily) Updated: 2016-08-29 07:33

All 32 ministries and institutes inspected by the top disciplinary watchdog of the Communist Party of China have released plans to improve the problems exposed in the inspection.

In addition, four provinces-Liaoning, Anhui, Shandong and Hunan-have released the results of the "looking back campaign" on the watchdog's website.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the nation's top anti-graft body, conducted the ninth round of inspections from February to April, exposing problems such as loose Party leadership, illegal trading of power and money, illegal promotion of unqualified officials and falsifying economic growth data.

For example, inspectors pointed out that Liaoning province falsified economic data over a certain period, a malpractice found throughout the whole province.

In response, the province will conduct stricter reviews and assessment of economic data to guarantee that the information is objective and accurate, and any official responsible for false numbers will be severely punished, according to a statement released on Thursday.

All officials found responsible for severe violations so far have been punished.

The National Development and Reform Commission has conducted preliminary investigations in 115 cases transferred from the central-level inspectors, and 15 officials were punished based on the regulations of the Party and governments, among them 13 at the ministerial level.

By the end of July, the State Tobacco Administration and affiliated branches had dealt with 348 cases based on feedback from inspectors, in which 168 officials were punished.

Some high-profile events uncovered in the media also became inspection targets.

For example, in April, some media reported that trademark agencies couldn't get registration certificates for more than half a year due to a lack of the proper paper.

A complicated purchasing process and faulty communication between departments were responsible, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce said.

The administration has punished nine officials.

"Inspections are an important tool for conducting supervision inside the Party," Wang Qishan, head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said last week as the 10th round of inspection started.

The new round of inspection will cover another 32 central-level departments and institutes and another four provinces will start the looking-back or re-inspection.

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