Anti-graft cam­paign tar­gets poverty re­lief

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign will in­clude a new fo­cus this year, crack­ing down on the mis­use and em­bez­zle­ment of poverty re­lief funds, ac­cord­ing to the coun­try’s top pros­e­cu­tor.

The five-year drive is aimed at en­sur­ing a poverty al­le­vi­a­tion pol­icy and spe­cial fund­ing will ben­e­fit poor peo­ple in poverty-stricken ar­eas, Cao Jian­ming, pros­e­cu­tor-gen­eral at the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate, told China Daily.

Pros­e­cut­ing de­part­ments will fo­cus on in­ves­ti­gat­ing graft is­sues that in­volve ex­port­ing la­bor ser­vices, eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion, education and med­i­cal in­sur­ance, as well as min­i­mum ru­ral liv­ing al­lowances, Cao said.

In re­cent years, a large amount in poverty al­le­vi­a­tion fund­ing has been em­bez­zled or mis­used, harm­ing the pub­lic in­ter­est and peo­ple’s le­git­i­mate rights. It has also led to a se­ries of pe­ti­tion cases, which has af­fected so­cial har­mony and sta­bil­ity.

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