China to reform gov't-run public institutions to improve public services

08:47, April 15, 2011      

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In a major reform move, China is set to reshape its government-funded public institutions to improve public services.

The Chinese government issued blueprints for the reform that will affect more than 40 million staff members and retirees in some 1.26 million government-run public institutions across the country, according to experts familiar with the situation.

"It's a significant move in all aspects," said Wu Jiang, head of the Chinese Academy of Personnel Science, a think-tank under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, during an interview with Xinhua.

He said the reform will facilitate China's efforts to forge a service-oriented government and improve the overall quality and quantity of public services.

Government-sponsored public institutions, including schools, research institutions, hospitals and publishing houses, are the backbone of public service providers across the country.

But some are paying more attention to profits and ignoring their official duties of offering quality services for public benefit. Some public institutions perform administrative functions and make use of their power of authority to raise revenues by imposing unnecessary fines.

Additionally, outdated organizational and management methods in some institutions have resulted in inefficiencies in public service and a waste of public resources.

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Source: Xinhua
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