Chinese senior official urges more efforts in curbing official misconduct

2008-07-28 12:56:51 GMT       2008-07-28 20:56:51 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

BEIJING, July 28 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese official on Monday urged discipline inspection departments to work harder to fight corruption, breach of duty and other misconduct that harm the public interest.

Discipline inspection departments should put more effort into curbing the practices, so as to really benefit the people and win their trust by safeguarding their interests, said He Guoqiang, secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Investigations and research should be made into the sources of all social problems, especially those repeatedly reported by the public, such as improper school fees, medical hygiene, road taxes and social insurance.

He, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, said the work should focus on prices, environmental protection, land management, food and drug safety and misappropriation of funds for disaster relief, among others.

In June, 43 officials incurred Party disciplinary measures and administrative sanctions for misconduct involving earthquake relief, including 12 serious offenders who were removed from their posts, according to the Ministry of Supervision.

Officials should also be severely punished for indecent and violent behavior, he said.

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