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Chinese premier pledges clean governance

02-11-2014 22:11 BJT Special Report:China’s Leaders |

BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged strict budget management of all government income and payment records while calling on auditors to thoroughly probe violations.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C), also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, speaks during the second anti-corruption work conference held by the State Council, in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 11, 2014. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

Li made the remarks Tuesday during a meeting of the State Council, or China's cabinet, on promoting clean-handed government work and mapping out this year's anti-graft plans.

Calling for strict management and supervision of public funds, Li stressed that all income and spending records must be included in the government budget management.

"A strict accounting system should be enforced as a 'safety lock' for public funds, and auditing and supervision should be imposed on all public funds, state-owned properties and state-owned resources," Li said.

Li called on auditors and supervisors to be "brave enough to crack the hard nuts" and investigate violation cases "deeply, thoroughly and concretely."

The premier hailed 2013's progress at various levels in fighting corruption and building a clean government, but admitted that corruption still exists and occurs all too frequently in certain areas.

With zero tolerance for corrupt officials, Li promised to implement the eight anti-bureaucracy, extravagance-busting guidelines announced by the central authorities late in 2012.

During the meeting, Li called for a complete halt to construction of new government buildings, training centers and hotels, curbing the often lavish spending of public funds, adding that numbers of government personnel should be restricted.

The money saved will be used to improve ordinary people's lives, Li added, promising to streamline administration and delegate power downward.

Li pledged maximum effort to reduce approval for investment.

Last year, there were three rounds of loosening administrative approval, and in 2014 another 70 procedures will no longer require administrative approval, or be approved at lower levels.

Noting that during tender processes, purchases, and the allocation of state-owned land corruption is still rife, the premier asked for such operations to be standardized and legislated for.

Li pledged complete transparency in government affairs regarding "three public consumptions": vehicle purchases and maintenance, overseas trips and official receptions.

He also urged more publicity for food and drug safety, affordable housing and medical charges.

He called for officials to take the lead in clean government by implementing the spirit of President Xi Jinping's anti-graft speech to the third plenary session of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) in January.

A number of senior officials including Wang Qishan, secretary of the CCDI of the Communist Party of China, and vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, also attended the meeting.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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