Three Gorges Corp probes wayward officials
State-owned enterprise promises to punish problematic staff who had been treated too leniently in the past
China Three Gorges Corporation, the operator of the world’s largest dam, is reviewing all its officials who were disciplined in the past five years, in response to the central authority’s anti-graft inspection late last year.
In a statement on the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection’s website on Monday, the state-owned giant listed measures it had taken so far to fight corruption and rectify problems central inspectors had noted.
Three Gorges would “strictly follow regulations” to review and punish problematic cadres, who inspectors said had been treated leniently, the statement said.
According to the statement, the company had sealed documents relating to previous contract bids for possible investigation, and asked its senior executives’ relatives to report any business activities in areas it covers. Two relatives had voluntary opted to withdraw from such business as of March, it added.
In an effort to prevent corruption and boost transparency, the company had installed hidden cameras in three meeting rooms in different cities where bids were decided on, the statement said.
It also decided to reduce public spending on things such as receptions, conferences and business trips by 11 per cent this year. It had already cut such expenses by 10 per cent last year.
It had also had fired its Beijing headquarters’ food caterer and cut the cap for business meals by more than 30 per cent, it said.
In the first three months of the year, Three Gorges organised 26 business trips – more than 20 per cent fewer than in the same period last year. And its total number of scheduled trips this year was just 49, over 40 per cent fewer than last year, it said.
The company shut down offices set aside for senior cadres in Yichang and Chengdu in March and arranged temporary offices for those of its Beijing-based leaders whose old one were found to be too big.
A party disciplinary inspection team had in February announced that it had found nepotism and questionable bidding procedures within Three Gorges.
After the inspection, the former head of the corporation was removed from his post and appointed to a less powerful role as deputy governor of Hubei province. The corporation’s general manager was also reassigned.
The company is believed to have ties with retired premier Li Peng, and the February announcement sparked intense speculation on whether the probe would target one of the country’s most elite families.