Su­per­vi­sion of of­fi­cials will step up

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan1@chi­

China will con­tinue its high pres­sure against cor­rup­tion next year, strengthen su­per­vi­sion and se­verely pun­ish of­fi­cials who break Party rules, ac­cord­ing to the top lead­er­ship.

A pi­lot re­form pro­gram for an in­te­grated su­per­vi­sion sys­tem will also be on next year’s anti-graft agenda, ac­cord­ing to a meet­ing of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day.

The meet­ing, presided over by Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, also de­cided that the sev­enth ple­nary ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the coun­try’s dis­ci­pline watch­dog, will be held in Bei­jing from Jan 6 to 8.

At the meet­ing, mem­bers of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau lis­tened to the CCDI’s work re­port for 2016 and pro­vided ar­range­ments for com­bat­ing cor­rup­tion and build­ing up clean govern­ment next year.

The Party has gained the up­per hand in the fight against cor­rup­tion, and “the high pres­sure against graft will be main­tained next year”, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the meet­ing.

Pun­ish­ment for vi­o­la­tors will be even harsher, it said.

Anti-graft of­fi­cers are re­quired to re­port in a timely man­ner any clues about of­fi­cials who might be cor­rupt. If they help to con­ceal such in­for­ma­tion, they will be held ac­count­able as well, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

More­over, the meet­ing de­cided to re­quire the re­form of the su­per­vi­sion sys­tem to be pushed for­ward firmly and steadily next year to make sure that all re­form tar­gets are met.

The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, the top leg­is­la­ture, ap­proved a pi­lot re­form pro­gram on Sun­day to pro­duce an in­te­grated su­per­vi­sion sys­tem that will be more au­thor­i­ta­tive and ef­fi­cient.

New su­per­vi­sion com­mit­tees will be tested in Bei­jing as well as Shanxi and Zhe­jiang prov­inces and will grad­u­ally be ex­panded across the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the NPC de­ci­sion, the com­mit­tees will in­te­grate the su­per­vi­sion and cor­rup­tion pre­ven­tion de­part­ments, as well as Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate de­part­ments, for han­dling bribery and dere­lic­tion of duty cases or for pre­ven­tion of duty-re­lated crimes.

The com­mit­tees will su­per­vise the duty per­for­mance, in­tegrity and eth­i­cal con­duct of public ser­vants. They will in­ves­ti­gate and pun­ish cor­rup­tion and other job-re­lated of­fenses, and will trans­fer cases in­volv­ing sus­pected crim­i­nal of­fenses to procu­ra­torates.

All who ex­er­cise public power will be su­per­vised by the new com­mit­tees, ac­cord­ing to the de­ci­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to CCDI sta­tis­tics, in the first 11 months of this year, 50,008 Party of­fi­cials were in­ves­ti­gated for break­ing Party aus­ter­ity rules, 37,500 of whom re­ceived Party or ad­min­is­tra­tive penal­ties.

CCDI fig­ures show that so far this year, 29,100 such cases, in­volv­ing more than 43,100 peo­ple, have been made public, with the of­fi­cials’ names listed.

Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

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