Stricter rules to prevent graft

CHINA has published stricter regulations on officials’ declarations of personal information, requiring them to report to the Communist Party of China, among other details, their personal and family assets and investments, marital status and overseas travel.

The rules, jointly issued by the General Office of the Party’s Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, are a further attempt to curb corruption.

According to the revised regulation, officials at deputy county level or above are required to report personal information that includes marital status, overseas travel, criminal records, wages and other earnings, family property, stocks, funds, insurance and other investments. The revised rule specifies verification of such reports, including the methods and the sampling rate for random checks.

The rate for random verification has been increased to one in 10.

Punishments have been stipulated for false declarations and the deliberate concealment of personal information.

The reporting of personal information is an important assessment of loyalty to the Party and commitment to the Party’s code of conduct, the Central Committee’s organization department said. It should be linked to promotion by Party committees and departments, its statement added.

More than 9,100 officials have been passed over for promotion after they were found to have concealed personal information, while 124,800 have been punished for making false declarations.

Stipulating the consequences of false declarations and concealment is a clear warning to officials and is crucial for the mechanism, according to the statement.

It called on Party committees at various levels to implement the rules strictly and treat the process as an important political mission of strengthening Party self-governance.

In addition, it also urged leading officials to be loyal and honest, and to put themselves under organizational supervision in accordance with the rules.

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