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by members of the Shandong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference have been revoked amid suspicions of plagiarism, GuoAiling, vicechairman of the Shandong CPPCC, said on Monday in a Work Report.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