China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION -

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment on Fri­day is­sued a no­tice re­quir­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and of­fi­cials to im­ple­ment the Party rules against ex­trav­a­gance and ex­ces­sive for­mal­ity dur­ing the up­com­ing New Year and Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­days.

The no­tice, jointly re­leased by the Gen­eral Of­fice of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil Gen­eral Of­fice on Fri­day, for­bids of­fi­cials from us­ing pub­lic funds to pay for vis­its, gifts and banquets dur­ing the New Year cel­e­bra­tions. It also for­bids them from us­ing pub­lic ve­hi­cles on pri­vate mat­ters.

Of­fi­cials are also not al­lowed to take part in high­end re­cre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties or to use of­fi­cial re­cep­tions to host fam­i­lies or friends dur­ing the hol­i­days.

The up­com­ing Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day, the most im­por­tant tra­di­tional fes­ti­val of the year for most Chi­nese, falls on Jan 20 next year.

The no­tice also re­quires fur­ther re­duc­tions and sim­pli­fi­ca­tions to fo­rums and gath­er­ings within Party or­gans. It for­bids them from us­ing pub­lic fi­nances to host galas dur­ing the hol­i­days

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment de­part­ments were warned against year-end cash ex­pen­di­tures or is­su­ing al­lowances, bonuses, or other ma­te­rial ben­e­fits to staff mem­bers.

In another no­tice, the Min­istry of Fi­nance and the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs re­quired that gov­ern­ment de­part­ments tightly con­trol over­seas travel, in­clud­ing the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants, the coun­tries to be vis­ited and du­ra­tion of trips.

Tem­po­rary over­seas trips should only in­clude the per­son­nel needed for spe­cific as­sign­ments dur­ing the trip. Friv­o­lous over­seas trips should not be ar­ranged, the no­tice said.

All tem­po­rary over­seas trips should be within bud­get and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments should not ar­range trips be­yond their bud­gets. Gov­ern­ment tour groups should not take char­tered flights of­fered by in­di­vid­u­als or com­pa­nies.

Of­fi­cials at the min­is­te­rial level can be ac­com­mo­dated in or­di­nary ho­tel suites, while of­fi­cials be­low the min­is­te­rial level should be ac­com­mo­dated in stan­dard rooms, the no­tice said.

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