Wen lays down priorities in rooting out cadre corruption

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 February, 2005, 12:00am

Internal checks and supervision of government investment and state assets will be strengthened in this year's anti-corruption drive, Premier Wen Jiabao says.

He stressed the need to combat the root cause of systemic graft by introducing reforms and promoting development, the People's Daily reported yesterday.

Speaking in Beijing at an annual State Council conference on fighting graft, Mr Wen outlined eight priority tasks for this year's crackdown, including improving decision-making mechanisms and the accountability system.

In view of widespread public discontent over illegal transfers of state assets into private hands, Mr Wen called on cadres to step up supervision of reforms in state-owned enterprises.

'We should particularly strengthen monitoring of state-owned financial institutions, improve regulations and internal control mechanisms, and step up the campaign against large financial cases, especially those involving officials.'

He also listed the supervision of government investment, land market regulation and financial management reform as priorities in building a clean government.

To prevent officials from abusing their positions, public hearings would be held on important government decisions, and land and investment undertakings be made more transparent, he pledged.

In a Xinhua report published earlier this week, Wu Guanzheng, secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said more than 164,000 cadres, including 15 at the ministerial level, had been disciplined last year in an effort to stamp out corruption.

The remarks by Mr Wen and Mr Wu came ahead of the annual session of the National People's Congress which starts on March 5, when proposals on an anti-corruption law are likely to be considered.

In an interview with the Xinhua-owned Oriental Outlook magazine, NPC Standing Committee Vice-Chairman Cheng Siwei said the anti-graft law would be adopted within the next five years at the request of top leaders.

He said proposals for the legislation had been raised every year at past NPC sessions.

He said the party had also called for research into what measures were needed and possible ways to speed up the law's introduction.

Mr Cheng said the law was needed because present regulations, which lacked consistency in how to punish officials guilty of graft, had not paid enough attention to preventive measures.




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