Thursday, April 17, 2014   

Anti-corruption body tightens screws on official perks and excesses
(12-11 16:20)

The anti-corruption watchdog is planning to draft the standards governing benefits and welfare of officials in China, defining differentiated packages based on hierarchy.
The standards, covering offices, houses, cars, receptions, vacations, secretaries and security guards, aim to ensure that officials are enjoying welfare which “matches" their levels, the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said.
Only a limited number of personnel at certain levels are allowed official cars, full-time secretaries and bodyguards, according to a statement on the commission's website, Xinhua reports.
Standards will also define welfare that retired officials may continue to enjoy.
Officials must adhere to the standards and must not exceed them, the anti-corruption body warned.
They are also prohibited from misusing military vehicles and police car plates, or using public cars for personal convenience.
In addition, the commission said, China will try to establish a residence system under which the government will arrange a house for a senior official and his/her family members, but take it back and allocate it to another official if the original occupant leaves office. This is common international practice, noted the watchdog.
The commission vowed to reinforce supervision and inspection of officials' holding of houses, cars and other welfare and to punish those who violate the standards.
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