Au­di­tor: En­vi­ron­ment funds ‘not ef­fec­tively used’

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s top au­di­tor has found that $2.56 bil­lion (17.6 bil­lion yuan) of fis­cal funds ear­marked in 2016 for pol­lu­tion con­trol and re­source man­age­ment was not used ef­fec­tively.

The find­ing was part of the re­sults re­leased after the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice (NAO) sent in­spec­tion teams to 18 pro­vin­cial re­gions to re­view the use of fis­cal funds for wa­ter pol­lu­tion preven­tion and con­trol.

The NAO in­spec­tors also found that a to­tal of 397 wa­ter pol­lu­tion pro­tec­tion projects had failed to achieve de­sired ef­fect, and some en­vi­ron­ment funds were not dis­trib­uted in ac­cor­dance with spe­cial pro­tec­tion plans.

The NAO noted in­creas­ing pres­sure from re­gional wa­ter en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion, adding that in some re­gions, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion laws were not en­forced strictly.

In re­sponse to the au­dit, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in the 18 pro­vin­cial re­gions have im­proved the dis­tri­bu­tion and use of more than 3 bil­lion yuan of en­vi­ron­ment funds, and pushed for­ward the progress of 77 wa­ter pol­lu­tion con­trol projects.

Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties have pun­ished 3,229 gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials for fis­cal vi­o­la­tions found when au­dit­ing the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s 2015 bud­get.

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