Of­fi­cials who con­tin­ued to flout aus­ter­ity rules pun­ished

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The coun­try’s top anti-graft de­part­ment has pub­lished a stern warn­ing about the il­le­gal use of pub­lic money for per­sonal ben­e­fits and re­it­er­ated its de­ter­mi­na­tion to press ahead with the fight against vi­o­la­tions of aus­ter­ity rules.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion ear­lier this week listed five in­ci­dents of se­nior of­fi­cials who ig­nored the eight-point aus­ter­ity rules and con­tin­ued to use pub­lic money to pur­sue lux­ury lifestyles.

A na­tion­wide cam­paign against cor­rup­tion and the “eight-point rules”, usu­ally re­ferred to as aus­ter­ity rules, were in­tro­duced on Dec 4, 2012.

The rules aim to re­duce bu­reau­cracy, ex­trav­a­gance and un­de­sir­able work prac­tices of Party mem­bers.

With clauses fo­cus­ing on var­i­ous forms of cor­rup­tion, such as ban­quets at pub­lic ex­pense, un­nec­es­sary travel and meet­ings, and unau­tho­rized use of govern­ment cars, the rules have played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign.

Among the five se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials who vi­o­lated the Party’s re­quest for aus­ter­ity, Lu Ziyue, for­mer mayor of Ningbo, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, used pub­lic ve­hi­cles to bring a hair­dresser from Jin­hua— a city 500 kilo­me­ters from Ningbo — to his place for hair­cuts since Au­gust 2014.

GuChunli, for­mer deputy gover­nor in Jilin prov­ince, lived in a ho­tel in Changchun, cap­i­tal of the prov­ince, from Jan­uary 2014 to July 2015, spend­ing 343,800 yuan ($51,600) in pub­lic money. He was said to have at­tended three ban­quets for busi­ness peo­ple from Oc­to­ber 2013 to July 2015.

An of­fi­cial with the CCDI, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, said that the five of­fi­cials have been re­moved from their posts or ex­pelled from the Party.

The CCDI said it will dig into any case that in­volves vi­o­la­tion of the rules and make pub­lic each of the vi­o­la­tions, no mat­ter who the high-rank­ing of­fi­cials are.

More than 20 of­fi­cials at or above vice-min­is­ter level have been dis­ci­plined for such vi­o­la­tions since the be­gin­ning of this year, ac­cord­ing to pub­lic in­for­ma­tion on the CCDI web­site.

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