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19,374 civil servants fired to clean up gov't
Updated: 2004-07-05 21:24

China sacked 19,374 civil servants during the period 1996 and 2003 as part of its efforts to build a clean and efficient government, according to figures released by the Ministry of Personnel.

The figures also showed that a total of 32,549 civil servants have quitted their jobs in government departments to work in enterprises, including overseas-funded companies, since the provision on resignation and dismissal of civil servants was issued in 1995.

According to the provision, civil servants who failed in two consecutive year of performance assessment, or who were found to be incompetent and refused to accept other job arrangement, should be dismissed.

Civil servants who were absent from work for 15 consecutive days with or without justifiable reasons and who failed to perform their duty or abide by civil servant disciplines are also subject to dismissal.

Previously, government officials, widely known as cadres, enjoyed life-long employment if they commit no serious mistakes or crimes.

Officials with the Ministry of Personnel said the implementation of the provision helped improve the performance of civil servants and establish a clean and efficient government.

In the meantime, the supervision departments of China punished 3,798 civil servants and other staff members for poor performance in the fight against SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in 2003.

The disciplinary measures were part of a campaign against poor performance and illegal activities. The campaign uncovered irregularities involving 8.8 billion yuan (US$1.06 billion), according to figures provided by the Ministry of Supervision. A total economic loss of 5.25 billion yuan has been retrieved, said the ministry.

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