China punishes officials for violating austerity rules

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A total of 7,199 officials including a ministerial-level official were punished in May for violating Party austerity rules, said the top anti-graft body of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

The officials were involved in 4,973 cases, said the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) in a report. Awarding unauthorized allowances and bonuses was the most common offence done by the officials followed by the give and take of gifts and misuse of public transport.

A total of 27,099 officials involved in 18,985 cases were punished in the first five months of 2018, said CCDI. To reduce such undesirable work practices, CPC has released an eight point rules on austerity.

The CCDI has a monthly reporting system to check the implementation of austerity rules within provincial-level government, central Party and government agencies, centrally administered state-owned enterprises and central financial institutions.

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