Lower-level Of­fi­cials Need More At­ten­tion

China Youth Daily Novem­ber 19

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK -

A photo of Li Zhongkai, a lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in Chux­iong, south­west China’s Yun­nan Prov­ince, has cre­ated a buzz on­line. The photo showed Li, with daz­zling white hair, look­ing much older than his years. Many raised doubts about the au­then­tic­ity of Li’s age, who was sup­pos­edly born in 1980.

Li’s col­leagues stood by him, stat­ing that this dra­matic change in hair color was in fact due to hard work. Li worked in one of China’s most re­mote re­gions in Dayao County for over three years. His hair turned white while he was work­ing for the re­lo­ca­tion project in Wanbi Town­ship be­tween 2011 and 2014.

The case has high­lighted the lack of at­ten­tion given to grass­root-level of­fi­cials. It’s com­mon for these of­fi­cials in im­pov­er­ished ar­eas to work ex­ten­sive over­time, es­pe­cially those in charge of poverty alle­vi­a­tion projects which re­lo­cate res­i­dents to more suit­able liv­ing ar­eas. Of­ten one of­fi­cial takes on the work­load of sev­eral peo­ple.

Grass­root- level of­fi­cials should not lift other peo­ple out of poverty at the ex­pense of their own health. Rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment de­part­ments should give them ad­e­quate at­ten­tion to re­duce their load and en­able them to en­joy an im­proved qual­ity of life.

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