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County officials spend little time with locals (2)

(China Daily)

08:54, October 20, 2011

In contrast, they only use one hour holding dialogues with locals, 0.89 hours listening to petitioners and 0.57 hours paying visits to locals, said the survey.

A former county head in Southwest China's Guizhou province, who asked not to be named, said the survey result "is basically true".

"But most of the time, the officials go against their will to accompany the higher level officials."

"They may carry out work without visiting the people, but they wouldn't dare leave the superior officials unaccompanied," he told China Daily.

In addition, a secretary of a county head in Guizhou added that the officials are tied to working indoors and to meetings partly because a growing number of social issues need their opinions and decisions.

"Their power comes with great responsibilities. Therefore, they have to spend a lot of time on studying policy and deciding sensitive issues such as work safety," he said.

However, Zhu warned of the serious consequences of such a working style.

"If the situation goes on like this, the Party and the government will be further alienated from the public."

"They will not be able to learn about the people's demands and appeals, they won't understand the real situation and will allow problems to grow big by neglecting them."

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