Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials’ spend­ing drops sharply

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Cen­tral gov­ern­ment spend­ing on over­seas vis­its, of­fi­cial ve­hi­cles and re­cep­tions dropped sharply last year as the coun­try stepped up aus­ter­ity ef­forts, ac­cord­ing to an an­nual au­dit.

Spend­ing in the three cat­e­gories de­creased by 27 per­cent year-on-year in 2014 in a ran­dom au­dit of 44 cen­tral gov­ern­ment agen­cies car­ried out by the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice.

The fi­nal ac­counts showed that the cen­tral gov­ern­ment spent 5.88 bil­lion yuan ($947 mil­lion) on the three ar­eas last year, 1.27 bil­lion yuan less than was bud­geted. Among the ex­pen­di­tures, 1.6 bil­lion yuan was spent on over­seas vis­its, 3.6 bil­lion yuan on the pur­chase and main­te­nance of gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles and 661 mil­lion yuan on of­fi­cial re­cep­tions.

“How­ever, ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties re­gard­ing fi­nan­cial rules still ex­ist,” said Liu Ji­ayi, the of­fice’s au­di­tor gen­eral, point­ing out that 33 cen­tral gov­ern­ment or­gans were found to have hired ve­hi­cles from com­pa­nies as reg­u­lar of­fi­cial cars.

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