Beijing pun­ishes 16 of­fi­cials for violating aus­ter­ity reg­u­la­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Beijing has an­nounced rul­ings in nine cases of aus­ter­ity vi­o­la­tions amid the na­tional cam­paign to en­sure clean gov­er­nance and crack down on un­de­sir­able work prac­tices.

Six­teen of­fi­cials have been pun­ished for em­bez­zling pub­lic money, tak­ing bribes and us­ing pub­lic ve­hi­cles for per­sonal pur­poses.

Among the cases, four in­volved us­ing pub­lic money for va­ca­tion trips last year.

Zhou Yan was re­moved as head of the anti-graft depart­ment in Huairou dis­trict and five other of­fi­cials in the depart­ment were given se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary warn­ings. They were found to have used pub­lic money for va­ca­tion trips un­der the guise of per­form­ing their du­ties in ar­eas in­clud­ing the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion and Yun­nan prov­ince in 2013.

Also dis­missed or given se­ri­ous warn­ings for sim­i­lar rea­sons were Liu Yao­jing, a per­son­nel di­rec­tor at a mu­nic­i­pal univer­sity in Beijing; Liu Shudong, head of the en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion bureau in Xicheng dis­trict; and Zhang Bo­qian, head of the city’s law en­force­ment as­sis­tance depart­ment.

Two of­fi­cials were also pun­ished for ac­cept­ing gift money, said to be bribes, at their sons’ wed­dings.

Wang Donghui, a Party chief of a bureau in the law en­force­ment as­sis­tance depart­ment in Pinggu dis­trict was ex­pelled from the Party, and an as­sis­tant re­searcher in the tax bureau in Yan­qing dis­trict was given a dis­ci­plinary warn­ing.

Two cases in­volved the mis­use of pub­lic money for em­ploy­ees’ ben­e­fits. Three of­fi­cials were given dis­ci­plinary warn­ings for giv­ing gift cards dur­ing the hol­i­days to their em­ploy­ees, for a com­bined value of nearly 2 mil­lion yuan ($320,000).

A po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar at the pub­lic se­cu­rity bureau in Xicheng dis­trict was also given a dis­ci­plinary warn­ing for us­ing a pub­lic ve­hi­cle to go golf­ing dur­ing work­ing hours.

In­De­cem­ber 2012, the newly elected CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee is­sued its “eight-point rules” that re­quire gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to prac­tice fru­gal­ity and clean up un­de­sir­able work prac­tices, in­clud­ing for­mal­ism and ex­trav­a­gance.

Atotal of 6,977 Chi­nese of­fi­cials were pun­ished in Oc­to­ber for violating the cen­tral au­thor­ity’s poli­cies on thrifty work prac­tices, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port is­sued by the top anti-graft body.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China is­sued its monthly re­port on deal­ing with ex­trav­a­gance on Fri­day, say­ing those pun­ished were in­volved in 5,263 vi­o­la­tions dis­cov­ered in Oc­to­ber.

In 2013, some 182,000 of­fi­cials na­tion­wide were dis­ci­plined and 137,000 cor­rup­tion cases were ad­ju­di­cated, the depart­ment said in a pre­vi­ous re­port.

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