Party policies help to improve working style

Updated: 2012-12-27 07:10

By An Baijie (China Daily)

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Party policies help to improve working style

Many provincial Party committees have created detailed policies to improve their working style, as required by the country's core leadership.

With these measures, Party authorities are attempting to get closer to the public, experts said.

"We have seen lots of fresh working styles from the newly elected Party leaders such as fewer cliches at conferences, no traffic controls during inspection tours and so on," said Zhu Lijia, a professor of public administration research at the Chinese Academy of Governance.

But Party authorities should enhance supervision, and those who violate regulations should be punished, he added.

In a 10-item regulation, issued on Tuesday, the Party committee of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region said that reception dinner times should be limited to less than 45 minutes in government agencies.

According to the regulation, the autonomous region's different departments are not allowed to treat each other to banquets at public expense, Xinjiang Daily reported.

The Party committee of Guizhou province vowed to pay more attention to the development of organizations at the grassroots level in a 10-item regulation issued recently.

Provincial-level officials are required to go to the grassroots level more frequently to listen to the public and resolve conflicts, Guizhou Daily reported on Monday.

The regulation is a response to the eight measures put forward this month by the newly elected central leadership of the Party and is aimed at improving the Party's working style, cutting extravagance and bureaucracy and bringing leaders closer to the people.

According to the eight measures, officials should reduce bureaucratic meetings, cut spending on inspections, arrange fewer traffic restrictions and eliminate extravagant welcoming ceremonies.

Many provincial-level Party committees have already made efforts to implement the measures.

When government leaders and main Party leaders - a term that usually refers to Party chiefs and governors - visit organizations at the grassroots level, there should be less than five municipal officials and fewer than three county officials, the Beijing municipal Party committee said on Dec 19 in a document implementing the eight measures.

Beijing municipal officials should eat at a buffet rather than an expensive banquet during inspection tours, the document said.

The Party committee of East China's Jiangsu province put forward a 10-item regulation on Friday, requiring each provincial-level official to spend at least two months conducting surveys at the grassroots level every year.

Provincial officials must spend at least five days a year working with organizations at the grassroots level and eating and working together with local people, the Jiangsu provincial Party authority said.

Apart from the provincial Party committees, many State-owned enterprises and institutes also put forward different measures to improve their working style.

The Party committee of China Construction Bank issued 10 measures on Dec 10, requiring its officials to improve working efficiency.

Officials should not affect normal work between bank workers and their clients when officials inspect grassroots branches, according to bank measures.

(China Daily 12/27/2012 page3)