Pi­lot projects to im­prove over­sight ef­fi­ciency

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA

For Lyu Xiaodong, a grass­roots dis­ci­plinary of­fi­cial in Zhe­jiang province, re­cent moves by the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee will help im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion work.

China has launched a pi­lot pro­gram in Bei­jing, as well as Shanxi and Zhe­jiang prov­inces, to make the cur­rent su­per­vi­sion sys­tem more au­thor­i­ta­tive and ef­fi­cient, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased on Mon­day by the gen­eral of­fice of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

It said su­per­vi­sion com­mit­tees will be es­tab­lished as part of the pi­lots.

Zhuang Deshui, deputy di­rec­tor of the clean gov­ern­ment re­search cen­ter at Pek­ing Univer­sity, said the pi­lots were cho­sen as a foun­da­tion for anti-cor­rup­tion.

It is un­usual to pi­lot re­forms in Bei­jing, and this move re­flects China’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to press ahead with re­form, Zhuang said.

Zhe­jiang has es­tab­lished a work group, led by Xia Bao­long, the province’s top of­fi­cial, to deepen re­form of the province’s su­per­vi­sion sys­tem.

Though a con­crete plan has yet to be rolled out, Lyu, head of the Party dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion com­mit­tee in Qingyuan county, Lishui, said the new com­mit­tee will tar­get more peo­ple.

The com­mis­sion for dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion only in­spects CPC mem­bers. The new su­per­vi­sion com­mit­tee will elim­i­nate blind spots, mo­bi­lize more anti-cor­rup­tion re­sources, in­te­grate procu­ra­torates, and au­dit com­mis­sions and cor­rup­tion preven­tion bu­reaus, to re­in­force anti-cor­rup­tion ef­forts, Lyu said.

Li Yongzhong, for­mer deputy head of the Chi­nese Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion In­sti­tute, echoed Lyu’s views. Li high­lighted the ex­tent of the re­form’s cov­er­age.

The cur­rent su­per­vi­sion sys­tem only cov­ers the coun­try’s ad­min­is­tra­tive or­gans. The peo­ple’s congress, the po­lit­i­cal con­sul­ta­tive body, courts and procu­ra­torates are ex­cluded, Li said.

The new plan will make ev­ery­one on the gov­ern­ment pay­roll sub­jects of the su­per­vi­sion com­mit­tee, even those in pub­lic hos­pi­tals and schools, he said.

“Ac­cord­ing to the cur­rent Ad­min­is­tra­tive Su­per­vi­sion Law, China’s lo­cal su­per­vi­sion au­thor­i­ties are not in­de­pen­dent,” he ex­plained. “They are un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of govern­ments. Some­times, the per­son­nel and fi­nan­cial af­fairs of the su­per­vi­sion de­part­ments were con­trolled by the lo­cal govern­ments.”

He said the re­form of the cur­rent su­per­vi­sion sys­tem, one of the most im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal re­forms, in­di­cated China’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to deepen re­form and com­bat cor­rup­tion.

Li said China’s anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign has been up­graded since the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress in late 2012, and it has won ap­plause from home and abroad.

Shanxi has also set up a re­form work group, and a plan is be­ing for­mu­lated. The province has shocked the coun­try with a spate of cor­rup­tion cases. In 2014, seven pro­vin­cial-level of­fi­cials were placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, along with 45 city-level and 545 county-level of­fi­cials.

“Choos­ing Shanxi for the pi­lot showed the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s recog­ni­tion of Shanxi’s anti-cor­rup­tion ef­forts,” said Li Guox­i­ang, a re­search fel­low at the Shanxi Pro­vin­cial Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences.

“The su­per­vi­sion re­form in Shanxi will also pro­vide vi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

Choos­ing Shanxi for the pi­lot showed the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s recog­ni­tion of Shanxi’s anti-cor­rup­tion ef­forts.” Li Guox­i­ang, re­search fel­low at the Shanxi Pro­vin­cial Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences

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