China moves to curb nepotism

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 November, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 November, 1994, 12:00am

THE Chinese State Council yesterday ordered a review of all recent government personnel changes in an attempt to control nepotism.

A six-point notice was published on the front page of the People's Daily, the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece - a sign of the seriousness of the problem.

The complicated system of relationships that runs Chinese society sometimes results in jobs going to relatives.

The notice ordered all levels of government and offices to examine all staff changes 'in recent years', correct any abuses and submit a report to the central Government by next March.

'We must stop connections by the back door,' the People's Daily said. 'Those who appoint through favouritism will be severely disciplined.' It said the measures were necessary because of 'unhealthy tendencies' in staffing decisions in many government offices.

'Some [of these practices] are quite striking and if these are allowed to continue could seriously damage the establishment of the leadership set-up and the cadre ranks,' the notice said.

The six-point directive urged caution against nepotism, called for the choice of cadres according to their 'moral excellence and ability' rather than connections, and warned against influence-peddling.

'Officials, when they are transferred, are not permitted to hurriedly promote cadres, or to take with them cadres from former units or to promote their wives or children,' it said, in an apparent bid to prevent officials from building up local power bases.

It said while senior cadres could make recommendations on personnel matters, the final appointment or transfer must be made by the responsible departments through elevation.

The directive said any officials promoted because of favouritism would be dismissed.

It also warned cadres not to use positions held by relatives to influence other officials.