Watch­dogs to be de­ployed in all top cen­tral govt bod­ies

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN andWANG QIAN

Su­per­vi­sion of­fi­cers are to be de­ployed at all cen­tral Party and gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions to in­ten­sify the cam­paign against cor­rup­tion, a se­nior of­fi­cial at the top anti-graft watch­dog said on Wed­nes­day.

In­spec­tion teams have so far been sent to 52 cen­tral bod­ies by the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China.

How­ever, the de­ploy­ment will now be ex­tended to cover all such bod­ies, and this will in­volve teams be­ing based per­ma­nently at an ad­di­tional 80 or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“De­ploy­ing su­per­vi­sion teams to all cen­tral Party and gov­ern­ment bod­ies will en­hance reg­u­lar su­per­vi­sory ca­pac­ity and help pre­vent and curb cor­rup­tion at its root,” Chen Wen­qing, deputy sec­re­tary of the CCDI, said in an on­line in­ter­view on the com­mis­sion’s web­site.

As a first step, in­spec­tors will be sent to seven gov­ern­ment and Party bod­ies in­clud­ing the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s Gen­eral Of­fice, Or­ga­ni­za­tion Depart­ment, Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment and United Front Work Depart­ment, Chen said.

The Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence and the Gen­eral Of­fice of the State Coun­cil are also on the list.

Chen said that, in line with the CPC Con­sti­tu­tion, all mem­bers and or­ga­ni­za­tions should re­ceive su­per­vi­sion from the Party and the pub­lic.

“The cen­tral Party and gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties are or­gans of supreme power and the main cen­ters of the coun­try’s sys­tem of gov­er­nance, and as such re­quire ad­di­tional su­per­vi­sion from the

De­ploy­ing su­per­vi­sion teams to all cen­tral Party and gov­ern­ment bod­ies will en­hance reg­u­lar su­per­vi­sory ca­pac­ity and help pre­vent and curb cor­rup­tion at its root.” CHEN WEN­QING DEPUTY SEC­RE­TARY OF THE CEN­TRAL COM­MIS­SION FOR DIS­CI­PLINE IN­SPEC­TION OF THE CPC

dis­ci­pline au­thor­i­ties,” he added.

Chen said su­per­vi­sion will be tight­ened fur­ther, but de­clined to give de­tails.

The lat­est high-pro­file case in­volves Ling Ji­hua, for­mer head of the United Front Work Depart­ment. He is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for “sus­pected se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions”, the CCDI said onMon­day.

On Dec 5, the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s Po­lit­i­cal Bureau an­nounced that Zhou Yongkang, a for­mer se­nior CPC of­fi­cial, had been ar­rested and ex­pelled from the Party.

Pi Yi­jun, a law pro­fes­sor at the China Univer­sity of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence and Law, said the ex­ten­sion of su­per­vi­sion to all cen­tral Party and gov­ern­ment bod­ies shows that the cen­tral gov­ern­ment is adopt­ing a zero-tol­er­ance at­ti­tude to­ward cor­rup­tion.

“The new mea­sures will min­i­mize the risk of cor­rup­tion and pre­vent ma­jor cases oc­cur­ring in the fu­ture,” he added. Con­tact the writer at zhangyan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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