Cadres in Sichuan have been told to curb their entrepreneurial spirit or resign. The provincial government has outlawed regulations introduced by municipal and county governments at the start of the year which encouraged civil servants to take up part-time work in private firms. The organisational department of the provincial party committee has issued a notice prohibiting civil servants from owning or being employed by private firms while they are employed by the government. Department chief Li Jia said the order to reverse the regulations came from a senior provincial official who said that allowing civil servants to own or be employed by private companies would 'cause endless trouble and problems'. The official also said the provincial government had received countless complaints from members of the public who claimed the regulations had given government employees an unfair advantage over the rest of the population. The decision to reverse the regulations had to be taken before it was too late, he said. The controversial rules originally introduced by 25 local governments in the province encouraged civil servants to work for companies or set up their own businesses while keeping their government jobs. A total of 423 civil servants had taken advantage of the flexibility the regulations had allowed. 'The regulations have been abolished and those working two jobs are now being asked to decide whether they want to work for private companies or retain their government positions,' said Ms Li. Those who wanted to continue working for the government would be asked to abandon their other jobs immediately. Ms Li said she believed most civil servants would choose to return to the government because they were just medium-level managers. 'They will not abandon stable government salaries,' she said.