Government expenditures to be more transparent

08:09, May 05, 2011      

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The State Council, or China's Cabinet, on Wednesday pledged to increase both the depth and scope of Party and government financial information released to the public in a bid to enhance transparency.

"The openness of financial budgets still falls short of people's expectations as some departments lag behind in making their budgets public and some information released is not detailed enough," read a statement released after a regular meeting of the State Council.

The statement urged Party and government departments to manage their funds in accordance with the law, make their financial information public in more areas and provide more details in released content, especially in regards to using funds for overseas trips, vehicle purchases and official receptions.

In China, some Party and government officials purchased luxury cars for their units and used them for personal matters, and unnecessary celebrations, seminars and forums were held using government funds, triggering widespread public concern.

According to the meeting, a total of 98 Party and government departments at the central level should make their financial budgets public this year after the documents are approved by the National People's Congress.

The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) publicized its annual budget on April 14, becoming the first in the country's ministerial-departments for doing so

According to the MST budget, MST will spend about 40.2 million yuan (about 6.11 million U.s. dollars) on overseas trips, vehicle purchases official receptions this year.

By urging government agencies to publicize their budgets, especially that on government-funded trips, vehicles and receptions, Chinese central Party and government authorities demonstrated a resolution to forge a more transparent government, said Wang Yukai, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, in an interview with Xinhua.

Meanwhile, the State Council vowed to increase efforts in pushing local governments to release their budget records.

Also during Wednesday's meeting, an amendment to the Law on the Prevention and Cure of Occupational Disease, aimed at improving the system of occupational disease diagnosis, was discussed.

The meeting was presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.

Meanwhile, the State Council vowed to increase efforts in pushing local governments to release their budget records.

Also during Wednesday's meeting, an amendment to the Law on the Prevention and Cure of Occupational Disease, aimed at improving the system of occupational disease diagnosis, was discussed.

The meeting was presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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