Supervision tightened in graft fight
SUPERVISION of graft rules is to be tightened in a bid to halt the spread of corruption.
Officials from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the Ministry of Supervision blamed the increase in corruption on lax controls over cadres.
New regulations require party and government officials to register all gifts and senior officials to declare their incomes.
Cadres countrywide spent at least eight billion yuan (HK$7.46 billion) on unofficial socialising - about two-thirds of the amount available for social activities every year, according to the semi-official Hong Kong China News Agency.
Leaders at all levels have been asked to ensure the implementation of the new regulations, disciplinary officials said.
The bosses should also realise they were governed by those regulations, Xinhua (the New China News Agency) said.
According to the news agency, disciplinary and supervisory bodies have been urged to go against the powerful and influential in investigating cases of alleged corruption.
They were also called on to expose graft-taking and deal with the cases openly as a warning signal to all party and government officials.
The officials said cadres who accepted gifts were a bad influence on others, and their actions had a 'very dangerous impact' which could 'affect their execution of justice in their work'.
Since the implementation of the 'sunshine' regulations aimed at exposing graft, the Army, police, political and legal departments had launched programmes to 'educate' their cadres on the issue.
The news agency said 771 policemen in Henan province had been punished for violating laws last year.