Guangdong will send provincial-level corruption-busters to lead anti-graft operations in 34 government departments now supervised by the officials they are set to monitor. The provincial economic and reform commission, the police force, and the health and transport bureaus would be included in the new arrangement, the Nanfang Daily reported yesterday. The graft-busters will monitor how departments spend money and whether officials abuse power. They will report findings to the provincial commission for discipline inspection and file a report every six months. They are not allowed to get involved in how these departments deploy their human resources and money. The decision was made after a pilot scheme, which started in 2005 and covered 15 departments, showed encouraging results. The commission found 168 officials had been involved in 136 cases, and it saved 139 million yuan (HK$158 million) in public funds. A leading political scientist welcomed the new approach, but warned that its effectiveness could decline in the long term once officials adjusted to the arrangement. 'The pilot scheme suggests the new arrangement will bear fruit on fighting corruption and abuse of power,' said Tang Hao , a political scientist at South China Normal University. 'But I doubt its impact once officials get used to the system and well acquainted with the monitors. The most effective way to combat corruption is to make the government more transparent, opening it up to the National People's Congress, the media and the public's scrutiny.' Mr Tang said he did not think the upcoming action was related to recent corruption scandals involving senior Guangdong officials, as the anti-corruption watchdog had its own work agenda. Former Shenzhen mayor Xu Zongheng was officially sacked late last week for 'severely violating party discipline' and for corruption. Mr Xu also allegedly received kickbacks for several major government projects and tried to win promotion by offering bribes. Guangdong's long-time police chief, Chen Shaoji , was arrested and sacked as the province's top political adviser over corruption related to Wong Kwong-yu, the billionaire founder of the Gome electrical appliances group. Wong was arrested for share-price manipulation.