Every Beijinger Plays a Part
Beijingers like to say, “Beijing’s affairs are our own affairs,” a saying that shows their desire to take part in building this city. A city is home to its people, and everything that takes place there affects everyone. The People’s Government of Beijing Municipality and the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) have taken various measures in terms of urban development, construction and management, to improve the wellbeing of Beijingers. Cai Qi, secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, stated at the First Plenary Session of the 12th CPC Beijing Municipal Congress that the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee will take the lead in carrying out people-oriented development ideas, enhance people’s awareness, stand by them, support them in new situations, serve the people wholeheartedly, and put in their best efforts to bring convenience, comfort and benefit to the people by doing good deeds and practical work, and overcoming difficulties.
Saying that the government wants to work for the people is not just empty talk; it needs effective action. Recently, the General Office of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality cooperated with 13 municipal government departments to take the lead in formulating Transparent Government Affairs and Convenient Public Services Maps, which focus on general public demands and major issues concerning people’s wellbeing. The official website of the Beijing Government (www.beijing.gov. cn) helps improve information disclosure and public services. Detailed descriptions, figures and pictures on the maps help the public to understand government affairs and decisions closely related to them.
Transparent Government Affairs and Convenient Public Services Maps include an Air Quality Monitoring Map, an Educational Resources Distribution Map, a Medical and Health Services Map, an Aged Care Services Map, a Housing Security Map, a “Vegetable Basket” Project Map, a One-quarter Community Service Circle Map, a Capital Historical and Cultural Museums Location Map, a Capital Characteristic Tourism Map, a Smart City Wi-fi Services Map, a Tax Services Map and a Government Services Map, covering all the government information that the people are most concerned about. To make these 12 maps precise and helpful, the municipal government and related departments have collected mass data, and located each site accurately by doing double positioning checks using vector maps and satellite maps. On this basis, the relevant units in Beijing will update the existing 12 maps now and then, while formulating new maps as needed.
Beijing took the initiative to formulate the Transparent Government Affairs and Convenient Public Services Maps, aiming to implement the requirements of the central government, promote the concept of “Internet Plus government affairs disclosure,” improve the informatisation, visualisation and intensification of government affairs disclosure, increase the affinity, transmissibility and influence of government affairs, and benefit Beijingers.
City managers care for the people, while the people also contribute to the city as its members: Labourers stick to their posts in spite of the hot weather; workers are sparing no effort to build Beijing’s urban sub-centre; soldiers keep standing at attention in Tian’anmen Square; guides in yellow uniforms help people board buses at bus stations; and sanitation workers dispose of various wastes even though the sweat pours down from their faces. They are representatives of the ordinary workers of Beijing, and through them people can see not only their passion and dedication, but also their deep love for this city.
Beijing is committed to shifting its functions unrelated to the role as capital and improving its environmental governance and ecology. Illegal buildings have been removed in many residential areas and the space has been returned to the public. Residents grow plants spontaneously wherever there is room to beautify the landscape. Property management has been conducted in many old communities with one-storey buildings. Residents have “claimed” small streets and lanes and serve as street or lane guards, to encourage more people to take part in environmental supervision and protecting the community.
Beijing’s affairs are Beijingers’ affairs. When every Beijinger assumes the responsibility as the city’s host, Beijing is bound to become better. (