Fru­gal­ity ini­tia­tive

The Party rolled out mea­sures on Wed­nes­day to reg­u­late ben­e­fits en­joyed by Party and State lead­ers, in an ef­fort to pro­mote fru­gal­ity.

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - Con­tact the writ­ers at caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn By ZHU ZHE and CAO YIN

Party rules trim ben­e­fits of lead­ers, pro­mote fru­gal­ity The rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party of China rolled out mea­sures on Wed­nes­day to reg­u­late ben­e­fits en­joyed by Party and State lead­ers to fur­ther cut priv­i­leges and pro­mote fru­gal­ity. De­tailed re­quire­ments have been made on the hous­ing, ve­hi­cle use, trans­porta­tion, en­tourage and va­ca­tion ar­range­ments of th­ese lead­ers, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased after a meet­ing of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the top de­ci­sion-mak­ing body. Lead­ers are re­quired to strictly reg­u­late their fam­ily mem­bers and staff, to cut their va­ca­tion time spent out­side Bei­jing and to strictly fol­low the rules on the use of business ve­hi­cles. Re­tired lead­ers should re­turn their of­fices in a timely fash­ion, the state­ment said. In China, Party and State lead­ers in­clude lead­ing of­fi­cials of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the State Coun­cil, the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, the top court and procu­ra­torate, as well as the coun­try’s top leg­is­la­ture and top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body. The meet­ing, presided by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, re­quired mem­bers of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee to take the lead in fol­low­ing the rules, and other se­nior of­fi­cials should fol­low suit, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment. Wu Hui, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Party School of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, said the new mea­sures re­flect the lead­er­ship’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to push for­ward strict Party gov­er­nance. “Th­ese new rules can be viewed as a deep­ened and ex­panded ver­sion of the eight-point rules,” he said. The eight-point rules were is­sued by the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee in De­cem­ber 2012, about one month after the new Party lead­er­ship was elected, to re­duce bu­reau­cracy, ex­trav­a­gance and un­de­sir­able work prac­tices of Party mem­bers. Wu said the eight-point rules cover all Party mem­bers, but the new mea­sures specif­i­cally tar­get State-level of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing re­tired ones. “The lat­est rules, which are very prac­ti­cal, have re­sponded to some pub­lic con­cerns and will be ef­fec­tive in pro­mot­ing strict Party gov­er­nance.”

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