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Controversial Hunan fine policy may be scrapped (2)

By Zheng Jinran, Feng Zhiwei (China Daily)

09:07, August 22, 2012

Wang Xixin, a law professor at Peking University, said that the urban management office can entrust a body rather than individuals to perform some of their duties, and that no party should make a profit from doing so.

"It's necessary to recruit more people to assist chengguan, considering their limited staff," he said. "These civil inspectors have similar functions to monitors on roads, helping officers detect infractions. But at the end of the day, only the governments have the power to give a ticket."

He added that it's wrong for governments to hire residents and pay them according to their performance.

"It looks like they are encouraging them to give more tickets, which may lead to entrapment incidents," he said.

Shaoyang is not the only city in Hunan province employing residents to assist the urban management officers. Zhuzhou and Xiangtan are doing the same, while Wuhan, the capital of the province, also adopted similar measures, hiring 2,000 civil inspectors last year.

"The limited resources of the urban management force is forcing cities to hire civil inspectors," said Wang. "But these measures increase the governments' expenditure."

He suggested that a more efficient way to protect the urban environment would be to improve residents' awareness and ask them to follow the rules.

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