Grass­roots of­fi­cials de­serve raise

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

Af­ter the leak on the In­ter­net on Mon­day that the ma­jor­ity of civil ser­vants in Leng­shui­jiang, Hu­nan prov­ince, earn be­tween 2,001 and 4,000 yuan ($330 to $660), ne­ti­zens are shocked to find that the in­come of the sup­pos­edly high-in­come group is no more than that of some mi­grant work­ers, says an ar­ti­cle in Guang­ming Daily. Ex­cerpts:

The in­crease in the salaries of civil ser­vants work­ing at the grass­roots or posted in re­mote ar­eas has been low com­pared with that of people em­ployed in other sec­tors. But the pub­lic, un­aware of this fact, tends to be­lieve in the stereo­type that all civil ser­vants are well paid and lead a rel­a­tively easy life.

The pub­lic should have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the civil ser­vants work­ing at the grass­roots. It should know that such civil ser­vants shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pub­lic ser­vice and play a very im­por­tant role in the smooth oper­a­tion of the en­tire so­ci­ety. And it should re­al­ize that they de­serve a healthy in­crease in their salaries to keep pace with over­all in­crease in people’s in­comes and to en­sure that they get to share the fruits of the coun­try’s fast-paced eco­nomic growth.

But at the same time, civil ser­vants should know that get­ting a rel­a­tively low salary is no ex­cuse for ques­tion­ing the eight-point aus­ter­ity code is­sued by the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties. The code is aimed at elim­i­nat­ing ex­trav­a­gance, re­duc­ing waste and do­ing away with un­nec­es­sary perks for of­fi­cials, which con­forms to pub­lic ex­pec­ta­tions.

Civil ser­vants’ salaries are un­der­go­ing a new round of re­form. But only af­ter chang­ing of­fi­cials’ work­ing style and way of us­ing power can we talk about ad­just­ing of their salaries.

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