Officials hand in 'gifts' for services

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 October, 1996, 12:00am

Ministers, department heads and supervisors have handed in about 700 'gifts' they received for services rendered.

They were required to do so under cadres' disciplinary regulations.

The China Disciplinary and Inspection Newspaper - a journal run by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection - revealed that cadres from 56 ministries and departments had registered gifts they received over the past year.

The gifts ranged from computers and video cameras to jewellery.

The journal also said that units such as the State Planning Commission, Ministry of Chemical Industry, Ministry of Machine-Building Industry and the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council had issued their own rules on the receipt of such gifts.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health and the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission have established a regular reporting system to stop cadres breaking the rules.

The journal also revealed the names of a number of senior officials who had received expensive gifts, but later turned them in.

They included the Minister and Deputy Minister of Power Industry and the Vice-Minister of Justice.

Sending gifts to senior officials during festivals is commonplace. Expensive cognac, Swiss watches and audiovisual equipment are favourite 'collectables' among cadres.