China punishes 3,180 prodigal officials in February

Updated: 2016-03-16 00:10


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BEIJING -- A total of 3,180 officials, including three at provincial and ministerial level, were disciplined for violating thrift and integrity rules in February, the Communist Party of China's (CPC) top anti-graft body said Tuesday.

The officials punished last month were implicated in 2,263 cases, 541 of which involved unauthorized allowances and subsidies, the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a report on its website.

Other violations included unapproved use of public vehicles, illicit gift giving and receiving, as well as extravagant weddings and funerals.

China has been working hard in recent years to rein in corruption and instill stricter working discipline in civil servants, in response to public complains of officials driving work vehicles for personal errands and enjoying luxurious receptions and accommodations.

The CCDI established a monthly reporting system in August 2013 to monitor the implementation of "eight-point rules" nationwide, which was introduced on Dec. 4, 2012 by the CPC to reduce bureaucracy, extravagance, and undesirable work habits.

According to the CCDI, 49,508 officials were reprimanded for violating these rules in 2015.