Shaanxi: Official cries over deposition at “Square Council”

2014-04-30 11:18:23 GMT2014-04-30 19:18:23(Beijing Time)  SINA English
Hua Zhongyang was the head of Disease Control and Prevention Center in Shangnan Town of Shaanxi provinceHua Zhongyang was the head of Disease Control and Prevention Center in Shangnan Town of Shaanxi province
Cui Huafeng, deputy secretary of the Shangnan Town Party Commission and host of this “Square Council”, announced deposition of Hua Zhongyang.Cui Huafeng, deputy secretary of the Shangnan Town Party Commission and host of this “Square Council”, announced deposition of Hua Zhongyang.
Hua Zhongyang covered his face while the secretly filmed video proved existance of a "private coffer" at the centerHua Zhongyang covered his face while the secretly filmed video proved existance of a "private coffer" at the center
Cui Huafeng, deputy secretary of the Shangnan Town Party Commission and host of this “Square Council”, announced deposition of Hua Zhongyang.Cui Huafeng, deputy secretary of the Shangnan Town Party Commission and host of this “Square Council”, announced deposition of Hua Zhongyang.
Local villagers presented the council depite strong sunlight.Local villagers presented the council depite strong sunlight.
Representitives of residents took notes while listening during the council.Representitives of residents took notes while listening during the council.

Li Jing

Hua Zhongyang, head of the Disease Control and Prevention Center in Shangnan Town of Shaanxi province, was dismissed during “Square Council” on April 23, Huashang News reported.

Around 2:30 p.m. April 23, the sixth “Square Council” started on the People’s Place out of the Shangnan Town Party Commission. Hua was the first official being questioned.

“How does the center manage vaccinations? Is there any unnecessary fees? Is there any problems with management?” inquired Liao Quanjiang, member of the local People's Political Consultative Conference (PPCC).

Hua apologized immediately for lax management and promised to rectify and reform.

However, after a video of secret interview to the Disease Control and Prevention Center proved that there existed a “private coffer” in the center, Hua walked down from his seat in discomfiture.

Some claimed to see Hua covering his face with tears rolling down while watching the video.

Hua was announced deposition for "keeping private coffer" three hours later when the council ended, a decision made by the town’s standing committee of the Party Commission, who had held an urgent meeting during the council.

“Square Council” is an assembly held by regional government and attended by both government officials and representatives of local people. The venue is on a public space open to everybody who wishes to attend. In the council, officials are supposed to answer questions from the representatives and response to the problems of their work that the representatives pointed out. Sometimes secretly-filmed video footages might be played as an evidence for the problems. Along with “TV Council”, “Square Council” is a measure to boost mass participation in politics. Emerged in recent years as the central government carries political reform to a deeper depth, these new forms of political participation were embraced by residents and grass-root officials.

 Shangnan’s “Square Council” started on Dec 23, 2013. The previous five councils had been attended by over 5,000 local residents and officials from 21 departments in the town’s government have been questioned. They had made 128 promises to the public and 81 of which had been fulfilled.

 

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