‘Un­qual­i­fied’ govt pro­pos­als dropped

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO RIUXUE in Ji­nan zhaoruixue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Forty pro­pos­als sub­mit­ted by mem­bers of the Shan­dong Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence have been re­voked amid sus­pi­cions of pla­gia­rism, GuoAil­ing, vicechair­man of the Shan­dong CPPCC, said on Mon­day in a Work Re­port.

“The qual­ity of pro­pos­als is the top con­cern,” Guo said as she pre­sented the re­port at the third ses­sion of the 11th Shan­dong CPPCC, sched­uled to end on Satur­day.

From the sec­ond ses­sion of the 11th Shan­dong CPPCC held in Jan­uary of last year to Mon­day, Shan­dong CPPCC mem­bers have sub­mit­ted 1,026 pro­pos­als, of which 817 have been put on record af­ter re­view. This fig­ure ac­counts for 80 per­cent of the to­tal num­ber of pro­pos­als, and is 4 per­cent lower than the pre­vi­ous year.

Pro­pos­als that are sim­i­lar are merged, with the pro­posers’ agree­ment, and 148 pro­pos­als that were not put on record have been passed on to re­lated or­ga­ni­za­tions as public opin­ion, said Guo.

“It’s ab­so­lutely right to re­voke un­qual­i­fied pro­pos­als. CPPCCmem­bersshal­len­hance their pro­fes­sional skills and en­rich their knowl­edge in the fields they ma­jor in,” said Zeng Zhenyu, a Shan­dong CPPCC mem­ber and a pro­fes­sor at the Ad­vanced In­sti­tute for Con­fu­cian Stud­ies at Shan­dong Uni­ver­sity.

This year, the Shan­dong CPPCC will set out stan­dards for putting a pro­posal on record in an at­tempt to im­prove their qual­ity, Guo said.

Start­ing this month, prov­inces, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and au­ton­o­mous re­gions across China open their an­nual “two ses­sions”, a Chi­nese term used to mean the an­nual con­fer­ences of the peo­ple’s con­gresses — the leg­isla­tive bod­ies— and of the CPPCC, the po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body.

CPPCC mem­bers from the non-com­mu­nist po­lit­i­cal par­ties, fed­er­a­tions of in­dus­try and­com­merce­sub­mit pro­pos­als on a wide range of fields in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial se­cu­rity and public health to the stand­ing com­mit­tee of the CPPCC.

If put on record, the pro­pos­als will be passed on to re­lated or­ga­ni­za­tions and, in most cases, ques­tions that are put for­ward in the pro­pos­als will be set­tled.

The top anti-graft watch­dog is­sued a reg­u­la­tion on Wed­nes­day pro­hibit­ing the sec­re­taries of Party of­fi­cials from ac­com­pa­ny­ing them to train­ing pro­grams and schools, and writ­ing speeches or ar­ti­cles on of­fi­cials’ be­half.

In ad­di­tion, train­ing cen­ters are pro­hib­ited from us­ing po­lice cars to block roads dur­ing events, as well as­from­giv­ing of­fi­cials typ­i­cal lo­cal goods as gifts, the CPC Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­plinary In­spec­tion said.

Of­fi­cials who break the rules may have their study scores can­celed or be or­dered to quit the course. The di­rec­tors at the train­ing in­sti­tutes will also be held accountable, the CCDI said.

Since the new lead­er­ship took of­fice in­Novem­ber2012, the Party’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee has put for­ward a set of rules to build a clean gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing re­quire­ments to lead a fru­gal life, and cut ex­penses for gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles, re­cep­tions and do­mes­tic or over­seas trips.

Train­ing in­sti­tutes are con­sid­ered one of the ar­eas worst-hit by graft.

Ac­cord­ing to CCDI statis­tics, more than 70,000 gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials were pun­ished by dis­ci­plinary in­spec­tion au­thor­i­ties last year for vi­o­lat­ing the party rules.

To curb such cases, the CCDI re­leased a no­tice to reg­u­late the of­fi­cials’ be­hav­ior, in­clud­ing their study, out­side ac­tiv­i­ties and use of ve­hi­cles, as well as their con­tacts and per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

The no­tice stip­u­lated that dur­ing train­ing, Party of­fi­cials are pro­hib­ited from re­ceiv­ing gifts, cash and se­cu­ri­ties, as well as lo­cal typ­i­cal foods of­fered by gov­ern­mentsor ed­u­ca­tional cen­ters.

In ad­di­tion, they can’t ask class­mates to ar­range for their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion or jobs, or help fam­ily mem­bers op­er­ate a busi­ness, then ac­cept bribes, ac­cord­ing to the no­tice.

“Due to lax su­per­vi­sion and some fail­ures in ed­u­ca­tion, someParty of­fi­cials have adopted the wrong val­ues and mis­tak­enly think their pri­or­ity is to use the job to ob­tain per­sonal benefits rather than serve the peo­ple,” said Li­Wei, a lawyer from Bei­jing Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion.

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