5-year ban placed on new govt buildings

Updated: 2013-07-24 07:20

By Xinhua (China Daily)

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Move part of effort to rein in public spending

Central authorities on Tuesday introduced a five-year ban on the construction of new government buildings as part of a national frugality campaign.

The General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council jointly issued a directive that calls for an across-the-board halt to the construction of any government buildings in the coming five years.

The ban also covers expensive structures built as training centers or hotels.

The directive said some government departments and localities have built office compounds in violation of regulations.

The directive called on all CPC and government bodies to be frugal and ensure that government funds and resources are spent on developing the economy and boosting the public's well-being.

According to the directive, the construction, purchase, restoration or expansion of office compounds done under the guise of building repairs or urban planning is forbidden.

The directive also bans CPC and government organizations from receiving any form of construction sponsorship or donations, as well as collaborating with enterprises, in developing construction projects.

While allowing restoration projects for office buildings with dated facilities, the directive stresses that such projects must be exclusively aimed at erasing safety risks and restoring office functions.

According to the instruction, such projects must first be approved by related administrative departments and luxury interior decoration is prohibited, with criteria and spending to be set in accordance with local conditions.

The directive stipulates that expenditures on office building restoration should be included in CPC and government budgets.

According to the instruction, buildings with reception functions, such as those related to accommodation, meetings and catering, should not be restored.

The directive orders all CPC and government departments to rectify the misuse of office buildings, including those that are used for functions that have not been approved.

The directive says CPC and government officials with multiple posts should each have only one office, while those who have retired or taken leave should stop using their offices in a timely fashion.

(China Daily USA 07/24/2013 page3)