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China starts 5-year ban on new gov't buildings (3)


08:47, July 24, 2013


The directive orders all CPC and government departments to rectify the misuse of office buildings, including those that are used for functions that have not been approved or offices that are overly spacious.

A 2001 regulation concerning the construction of office buildings for CPC and government departments contains specific standards for the sizes of offices built for officials at every level of government.

The directive says CPC and government officials with multiple posts should be each given only one office, while offices for those who have retired or taken leave should be returned in time.

Local authorities should establish or perfect the management of government buildings by strictly verifying the buildings' total area, according to the directive.

Departments that have moved to renovated or newly-built locations should transfer the original office blocks to government office administrators in a timely manner, according to the directive.

Departments and units at all levels should address possible office shortages by adding new institutions on their own. If the additions do not meet their needs, government office administrators should adjust existing resources to solve the shortage, according to the directive.

Strict approval procedures are also required for renting new office blocks, according to the directive.

"Banning the building of new government buildings is important for building a clean government and also a requirement for boosting CPC-people ties and maintaining the image of the CPC and the government," according to the directive.

Leading officials should take the lead in the campaign and relevant departments should map out measures for its implementation as soon as possible, the directive says.

Wang said that although similar bans already exist, the new ban is more strict and detailed, removing loopholes that have allowed local-level governments to circumvent central government orders.

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