Friday, April 18, 2014   

Beijing bureaucrat red carpet events slashed
(01-13 18:28)

Receptions at local government liaison offices in Beijing were cut by 70 percent year on year in 2013, as a result of guidelines on frugality, the Government Offices Administration of the State Council said.
Hundreds of liaison offices representing major cities, provinces and special economic zones have been allowed in Beijing and are often accused of being places for local officials to network with central government officials while using public funds.
In December 2012, the leadership of the Communist Party of China began to promote an “eight-point" set of guidelines to ban extravagances and formal official functions.
The rules, including a ban on red carpet arrangements, urge CPC officials to resist pomp, ceremony and bureaucratic visits and meetings.
According to the GOA, expenses for official receptions in 2013 were cut by one-third and receptions were reduced by 50 percent compared with 2012 figures in organs affiliated with the Communist Party and the State Council.
The number of official vehicles was down by 37 percent and spending on meetings was also reduced by a large margin, the GOA said.—Xinhua
   
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