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Not enough being done in anti-decadence campaign, says anti-graft body

Inspection teams find implementation problems at local level, including weak supervision and poor coordination

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 June, 2014, 2:05pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 June, 2014, 2:05pm

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The nation’s ongoing anti-decadence campaign has not been adequately implemented, the anti-graft authority says.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement on Sunday that five special inspection teams it sent to 10 provinces had discovered many flaws in the campaign at a local level. The flaws included weak supervision of the campaign, poor coordination between department and bad management structures.

The commission’s statement came some two weeks after it called for more exacting supervisory measures to ensure that officials were kept in check.

It said the special inspection teams had conducted surveys, examined reports and held individual talks as well as seminars before arriving at their conclusion that some local party committees were not adequately implementing the campaign.

The teams were in the process of rectifying the problem and had achieved some initial success in doing so, the statement added.

The “mass line” anti-decadence campaign calls on party cadres to prioritise the interests of the people and to resist formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance, all of which have hurt the party’s reputation in the eyes of the people.

A degree of success in the campaign, which caused officials to tighten their purse strings, has resulted in a stagnation of the Chinese luxury market, which had, until last year, seen several years of double-digit growth.

The first phase of the campaign is aimed at central and provincial-level departments, while the second phase, to start in September, will target lower-level departments and cadres.

The anti-graft authority had sent five special inspection teams to 10 provincial-level regions, including Beijing and Xinjiang, to look into the implementation of the anti-decadence campaign. Related local-level party committees and disciplinary inspection groups were now rectifying the problems identified, it said.