Party moves into enterprise

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 1994, 12:00am

BEIJING has decided to expand the role of party organisations in enterprises to further develop their functions as the 'political core'.

Party cells in units including schools, neighbourhood committees and mass organisations will also be expanded and given more powers.

In an article in the People's Daily yesterday, the Research Office of the Chinese Communist Party's Organisation Department said party units would serve as the 'beachhead and vanguard' for the socialist modernisation enterprise.

The propaganda offensive has come in the wake of the Fourth Plenum of the 14th Central Committee, whose chief recommendation is to rebuild and strengthen party cells particularly in the countryside.

Much of the People's Daily article, however, was about the role of party functionaries and ideologues in enterprises.

This is despite guarantees given by party and government officials in the past two years about the 'separation of party and business'.

The Organisation Department praised a number of model factories for 'blazing a new path for the expansion of party-construction work in enterprises'.

The department said party work would also be given more emphasis in units including research institutions and social organisations such as youth and women's associations.

It claimed that 'in some areas and units', the phenomenon of disintegrating party cells had changed for the better.

Moreover, the quality of party members had improved, with the number of those with senior high school education or above having increased to 20.65 million from 7.31 million in 1983.

In enumerating the criteria for a good party member, the Organisation Department put 'politics' ahead of science and culture.

As model enterprises, it cited the Daqing Oilfields, the Yanshan Petrochemical Plant and the East Wind Automobile Works, whose leaderships had conservative reputations.

Political analysts said it was rare for the People's Daily to run contributions from the Research Office.

They said Maoist elements in the party had taken advantage of the conservative trend in politics to seize power.

Meanwhile, while touring Hebei province on Sunday and Monday, premier Li Peng underscored the primacy of party construction.

In his instructions to local cadres, Mr Li talked at length about economic, particularly enterprise, reform.

'All large and medium-sized enterprises must be resolute in deepening reform,' the mainland press yesterday quoted Mr Li as saying.

'They must insist on ceaselessly doing a good job in technological transformation and exploration.' Analysts said it was noteworthy that Mr Li steered clear of more radical reform measures such as bankruptcy and converting state enterprises into shareholding companies.

The premier also called on local cadres to put more stress on agricultural work and raising the living standards of farmers.