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Beijing punishes 16 officials for violating austerity regulations

Updated: 2014-12-11 07:53
By Zhang Yi (China Daily)

Beijing has announced rulings in nine cases of austerity violations amid the national campaign to ensure clean governance and crack down on undesirable work practices.

Sixteen officials have been punished for embezzling public money, taking bribes and using public vehicles for personal purposes.

Among the cases, four involved using public money for vacation trips last year.

Zhou Yan was removed as head of the anti-graft department in Huairou district and five other officials in the department were given serious disciplinary warnings. They were found to have used public money for vacation trips under the guise of performing their duties in areas including the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and Yunnan province in 2013.

Also dismissed or given serious warnings for similar reasons were Liu Yaojing, a personnel director at a municipal university in Beijing; Liu Shudong, head of the environmental protection bureau in Xicheng district; and Zhang Boqian, head of the city's law enforcement assistance department.

Two officials were also punished for accepting gift money, said to be bribes, at their sons' weddings.

Wang Donghui, a Party chief of a bureau in the law enforcement assistance department in Pinggu district was expelled from the Party, and an assistant researcher in the tax bureau in Yanqing district was given a disciplinary warning.

Two cases involved the misuse of public money for employees' benefits. Three officials were given disciplinary warnings for giving gift cards during the holidays to their employees, for a combined value of nearly 2 million yuan ($320,000).

A political commissar at the public security bureau in Xicheng district was also given a disciplinary warning for using a public vehicle to go golfing during working hours.

In December 2012, the newly elected CPC Central Committee issued its "eight-point rules" that require government officials to practice frugality and clean up undesirable work practices, including formalism and extravagance.

A total of 6,977 Chinese officials were punished in October for violating the central authority's policies on thrifty work practices, according to the latest report issued by the top anti-graft body.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China issued its monthly report on dealing with extravagance on Friday, saying those punished were involved in 5,263 violations discovered in October.

In 2013, some 182,000 officials nationwide were disciplined and 137,000 corruption cases were adjudicated, the department said in a previous report.


(China Daily 12/11/2014 page3)

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