The top party official in Chongqing has rolled out a political movement reminiscent of Mao Zedong to encourage tens of thousands of officials to venture out into the countryside to experience and better understand the hardships facing grass-roots citizens, local media reported yesterday. Bo Xilai, the southwestern municipality's party secretary, launched his 'Three Activities Movement' after telling officials they 'spent too much time in the office' and should go out and 'practise with the masses' at a meeting to study President Hu Jintao's scientific development concept on Tuesday, the Chongqing Daily said. Bo asked the cadres to get in touch with the grass roots and rural people by eating, living and doing manual labour with them. His remarks came exactly a week after it was announced that thousands of mid-ranking police officers in Chongqing would have to reapply for their jobs. Bo launched a sweeping crackdown on organised crime in June that has snared 3,348 suspects, including former police and justice chief Wen Qiang . One police officer in the city said last week that Bo's move to sack mid-level officers was no different from 'a political campaign'. 'The crackdown on Chongqing's scandal-ridden police force has almost finished,' he said. 'In what comes next, the 'victims' will be civil servants.' Chongqing Daily quoted Bo as saying that 'government work reports delivered by the former premier Zhu Rongji won extensive ovations ... because he had been at the forefront and had a thorough understanding of the livelihood of ordinary, grass-roots folk'. 'By contrast, the knowledge of some of our cadres, especially the 'Three-Gate Cadres' - those who have passed through the gate of a privileged family, through the gate of school and through the gate of government organisation - is relatively limited. As a result, they only acknowledge what has happened in 'studies' or 'their senior departments',' Bo said. 'Others, who do not understand the situation in society after staying at government organisations for a long time, simply divert documents from one to another and what they say is nothing more that bureaucratic language, which makes no sense and is not accepted by the public.' Jin Zhong, editor-in-chief of Open Magazine, said: 'I think that Bo is merely making use of the Mao card to do himself favour in terms of political struggle. 'But I don't think that he really adores Mao because of the huge misery his family suffered during numerous political movements, including the notorious Cultural Revolution, during Mao's era.' Mao championed an extremely radical economic policy, the 'Three Red Flags Movement' - incorporating the General Line, the Great Leap Forward and the People's Communes - in 1958 which left up to 35 million people dead from widespread famine. Separately, Liu Yirong, director of Chongqing United Assets and Equity Exchange, was quoted by the Chongqing Economic Times as saying on Tuesday that all assets confiscated during the crackdown on triad-related activities would be auctioned soon and that the identities of potential buyers would be strictly protected.