China's Anqiu to select year's worst civil servants

15:14, September 06, 2010      

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Anqiu City of China's Shandong Province will select and openly announce the year's worst civil servants, which has given rise to a wide debate there and some citizens have questioned the selection criteria, according to the Central People's Broadcasting Station.

Anqiu City has launched a series of activities this year to encourage civil servants to be excellent and to improve their style of work.

One of the activities is to select the year's best civil servants as well as the worst ones. Candidates for both categories are selected by the representatives of the above-scale enterprises, foreign-invested enterprises, individually-run enterprises and public supervision group, Party representatives and NPC members.

Those selected as the year's worst civil servants will be publicy announced and the ones who violate the rules of discipline will be subject to disciplinary sanction.

It has aroused a sensational effect among the citizens there. Some interviewed civil servants said they would take it seriously and they may feel a big loss of face if selected as the year's worst.

However, some questioned the standards of the year's worst together with who sets them and who makes the judgment. They said that the work of the civil service was mildest, so the ones who are good at slacking and playing the role of "Mr. Nice Guy" will hardly be selected as the year worst. But some grassroots civil servants who are good at their jobs but socially inept might be chosen as the worst. They argued that it is unfair to do so.

As to the question, an official with the organization department of Anqiu City said they would answer it after the detailed selection rules are publicly issued.

By Zhao Chenyan, People's Daily Online


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