Cor­rup­tion found in anti-poverty au­thor­i­ties

We will make ev­ery ef­fort to pun­ish those who ... squan­der the poverty al­le­vi­a­tion funds.”

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Top News - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan1@chi­

Nearly 400 gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have been pun­ished for em­bez­zle­ment or mis­use of poverty al­le­vi­a­tion funds, the top anti-graft watch­dog said on Sunday.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion said 388 peo­ple in 20 prov­inces and re­gions, in­clud­ing Bei­jing and Shanxi and Fu­jian prov­inces had re­ceived ad­min­is­tra­tive or crim­i­nal penal­ties.

All were of­fi­cials with poverty al­le­vi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties at the provin­cial, city or county level, and half were depart­ment di­rec­tors, the CCDI said.

Of the 115 cases in­ves­ti­gated, 68 in­volved abuses power, ne­glect of duty or em­bez­zle­ment, which have “af­fected the progress and ef­fec­tive­ness of tack­ling poverty and se­ri­ously eroded the po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion of the rul­ing of the Party”, the agency said.

“Loop­holes in the su­per­vi­sion mech­a­nism, and the high num­ber of anti-poverty projects and the huge funds in­volved have all contributed to the high in­ci­dences of such cases.”

In re­cent years, a large amount of poverty re­lief funds have been em­bez­zled or mis­used, se­ri­ously harm­ing the pub­lic’s vi­tal in­ter­ests and le­git­i­mate rights. This has also led to a se­ries of pe­ti­tion cases, af­fect­ing so­cial har­mony and sta­bil­ity.

“We will make ev­ery ef­fort to pun­ish those who use their jobs to em­bez­zle, hold back, falsely claim or squan­der the poverty al­le­vi­a­tion funds,” the CCDI said.

Ac­cord­ing to the anti-graft watch­dog, as more funds were in­vested in poverty re­lief, some eco­nomic or­ga­ni­za­tions took chances to pre­tend to be the poverty re­lief en­ter­prises to em­bez­zle those funds.

Ad­di­tion­ally, some coun­ties and vil­lages set up poverty re­lief mu­tual aid co­op­er­a­tives and through loop­holes in the su­per­vi­sion, the funds were eas­ily em­bez­zled or mis­ap­pro­pri­ated.

Even worse, some lo­cal of­fi­cers have made ran­dom de­ci­sions to ar­range projects or uses for poverty re­lief funds that are out of line with the prac­ti­cal sit­u­a­tion at the grass­roots, the CCDI said.

In a sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment, Mo Jiancheng, leader of the CCDI’s in­spec­tion team sta­tioned in the Min­istry of Fi­nance and a for­mer Party mem­ber at the min­istry, was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for “se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of Party dis­ci­pline”, the CCDI said on Sunday.

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