URUMQI - Senior Chinese leader He Guoqiang on Thursday called for stepped-up supervision over the implementation of several Xinjiang-oriented policies and projects in order to ensure the continued development of the northwestern region.
He, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks at a meeting concerning the implementation of the policies, which are designed to support the economic and social development of west China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The projects and policies mentioned include "pairing assistance" projects, which were unveiled by the Chinese central government at a high-level meeting in March of last year.
The projects require 19 provinces and municipalities to support Xinjiang in building new infrastructure and promoting local industries.
He said that the authority of the policies must be "stoutly" adhered to, and that strict supervision of construction projects in the region must be ensured.
He said that supervision must be focused on the work of government officials, in order to prevent corruption and waste.
He said that if any problems are discovered, relevant groups and individuals must rectify the problems as soon as possible and work to prevent them from occurring again.
He vowed intensified punishments for officials who neglect their duty or otherwise conduct themselves improperly.
The Ministry of Supervision, along with other central government departments, has previously dispatched two work teams to various areas of Xinjiang to conduct inspections.