Au­thor­i­ties tar­get of­fi­cials’ use of cars, houses

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­

The top anti- cor­rup­tion agency plans to start a cam­paign to rid gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials of ex­ces­sive ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cles, large of­fices and pub­licly funded houses.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China said on Wed­nes­day that gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have to give back ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cles and move out of of­fices and houses that fail to meet the stan­dards.

The com­mis­sion plans to cre­ate a draft of of­fi­cials’ stan­dard ben­e­fits and wel­fare, defin­ing pack­ages cov­er­ing of­fices, houses, ve­hi­cles, re­cep­tions, sec­re­taries and se­cu­rity guards.

Some cur­rent reg­u­la­tions stan­dard­ize gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials’ ben­e­fits. For ex­am­ple, the of­fices of each chief county of­fi­cial should be less than 20 square me­ters, ac­cord­ing to the stan­dards for gov­ern­ment of­fices, re­leased by the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion in Jan­uary 2009.

How­ever, there are no stan­dards for gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials’ ben­e­fits in­clud­ing cars, of­fices and houses.

The new stan­dards will en­sure that of­fi­cials en­joy ben­e­fits that “match” their rank, the com­mis­sion said.

For re­tired of­fi­cials, the stan­dards will also de­fine the wel­fare ben­e­fits they can con­tinue to en­joy af­ter leav­ing of­fice, the com­mis­sion said.

Some gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials pur­sue ex­trav­a­gant life­styles and priv­i­leges, which has caused “bad so­cial ef­fects” and an­gered the pub­lic, the com­mis­sion said.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials must stick to the stan­dards, and can­not have ex­pen­sive cars, homes or ex­tra staff, the com­mis­sion said. It also said it will es­tab­lish an of­fi­cial res­i­dence sys­tem, un­der which the gov­ern­ment will ar­range a house for se­nior of­fi­cials and their fam­ily mem­bers. When the of­fi­cial leaves of­fice, the house will be given to another of­fi­cial.

It’s the first time the anti-cor­rup­tion or­gan has elab­o­rated on the of­fi­cial res­i­dence sys­tem af­ter the con­cept was ini­tially put for­ward dur­ing the Third Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee last month.

The plenum, which promised to deepen re­form, vowed to es­tab­lish a sci­en­tific and ef­fec­tive anti-cor­rup­tion mech­a­nism.

On Dec 4, 2012, the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee put for­ward the “eight-point” rules, which re­quire of­fi­cials to im­prove work ef­fi­ciency, lead a fru­gal life­style and abide by reg­u­la­tions on houses and gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles.

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