Na­tion han­dles ac­ci­dent, yuan rate

China Daily (USA) - - POLICY REVIEW - By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG zhangzhoux­i­ang@chi­

Min­istries have re­sponded to a se­ries of pub­lic and me­dia con­cerns about pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion and re­cent in­ci­dents over the past week, in­clud­ing an ac­ci­dent in a power plant in Jiangxi prov­ince, the ren­minbi ex­change rate, vo­ca­tional li­cense reg­u­la­tion, and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety, af­fil­i­ated to the State Coun­cil, pub­lished an open let­ter on its of­fi­cial web­site to re­port an ac­ci­dent on Nov 24 at a power plant in Fengcheng, East China’s Jiangxi prov­ince. A con­struc­tion plat­form for a cool­ing tower col­lapsed, killing 74 and in­jur­ing another two, mostly con­struc­tion work­ers.

The SAWS said that upon re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion about the ac­ci­dent, they sent out work­ing teams to the site to help the lo­cal gov­ern­ment with res­cue op­er­a­tions and deal­ing with the af­ter­math. It asked safety ad­min­is­tra­tions at all lev­els to con­duct a spe­cial in­spec­tion of con­struc­tion sites and check the sta­bil­ity of scaf­folds and other de­vices re­lated to worker safety. It also re­quires lo­cal gov­ern­ments to make clear the ac­count­abil­ity of of­fi­cials for con­struc­tion ac­ci­dents, and hold any of­fi­cial ac­count­able for ne­glect­ing safety.

Yi Gang, vice gov­er­nor of the Peo­ple’s Bank of China, the cen­tral bank, told Xin­hua News Agency late on Sun­day that the yuan re­mains a sta­ble and strong cur­rency in the global mon­e­tary sys­tem, and it can­not be ruled out that the US dol­lar could drop.

Yi said the yuan’s de­pre­ci­a­tion against the dol­lar is quite lim­ited com­pared with other cur­ren­cies and it has risen sig­nif­i­cantly against a bas­ket of ma­jor cur­ren­cies in re­cent years, thus “pre­sent­ing the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a sta­ble and strong cur­rency in the global mon­e­tary sys­tem”.

Tang Tao, vice-min­is­ter of hu­man re­sources and so­cial se­cu­rity, said at a news con­fer­ence on Nov 25 that his min­istry is re­view­ing past ef­forts to can­cel vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion li­censes and will bet­ter reg­u­late lo­cal gov­ern­ments in im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pol­icy. Ac­cord­ing to Tang, the ad­min­is­tra­tion had al­ready can­celed 319 such li­censes na­tion­wide in the past six rounds of re­forms and this time they have can­celed another 114.

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion told the me­dia about its first round of in­spec­tion of lo­cal gov­ern­ments. The min­istry said it has found en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion-re­lated prob­lems with lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, Hei­longjiang, Jiangsu, He­nan and Guizhou prov­inces, and cor­rected the wrong­do­ings of cer­tain lo­cal gov­ern­ments that fail to curb pol­lut­ing en­ter­prises un­der their ju­ris­dic­tion. In Qiqi­har city, Hei­longjiang prov­ince, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­ceived reports from res­i­dents about an en­ter­prise dam­ag­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, but failed to pun­ish the wrong­do­ers. The cen­tral en­vi­ron­men­tal in­spec­tion team not only pun­ished the re­spon­si­ble per­son, but also held ac­count­able the of­fi­cials that failed to do their jobs.

114 num­ber of li­censes na­tion­wide that have been can­celed in the the lat­est round of the coun­try’s vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion li­cense re­form

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