Shaanxi government embarrassed for inefficiency scandal

09:19, October 15, 2010      

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Several Shaanxi government officials have been punished by the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) for their inefficiency in dealing with BYD's illegal land use in the province.

The ministry released a black list divulging 35,000 illegal cases of misuse during the three quarters of 2010 Wednesday. According to the list, 225,000 mu of land was misused during the period and 1,308 individuals have been sent to the judicial authorities to be held accountable for their deeds.

The Shaanxi government was asked to apologize to the MLR for possibly turning a blind eye to BYD's moves, which illegally took possession of lands in the province.

Lu Yong, director of the planning department of the Shaanxi branch of MLR has been removed from his post; the department's vice director Tang Yaping was punished with having a demerit recorded in his administration files; and Feng Hui, secretary-general of the Xi'an government was criticized formally.

The MLR will fine BYD 2.9 million yuan ($434,600) and shut down several edifices it illegally possessed throughout the province.

BYD said Thursday that the construction of the buildings and other installations are part of its expansion and are still in preliminary stage and haven't generated profits, therefore, the case will not pose great impact on the firm's operations.

Source: Global Times


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