Deducting wage for trees voluntarily

( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-04-06 09:10:32

TEN PERCENT of the monthly wage of civil servants in poverty-stricken Lintao county in Gansu province, Northwest China, is being deducted to subsidize tree planting in the county. Xinhua Daily Telegraph commented on Tuesday:

As a county in severe poverty, the local government is faced with the dilemma of having the obligation to plant trees while lacking the funds to do so.

In order to fulfill this obligation, it has been deducting money from its employees' wages for the last three years, and reportedly it has collected 13.8 million yuan ($2 million) in total. That is not a small sum of money, and if there are any procedural loopholes, it is likely that corruption will happen.

Deducting wage for trees voluntarily

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