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Officials told to disclose public spending details

By Liu Dong (Global Times)

09:44, May 19, 2012

All central government departments are requested to disclose their "three public expenses," namely spending on official receptions, vehicles and oversea travel, in detail to the public this year, the Beijing News reported Friday.

While such polices have been implemented before, the information requested to be disclosed this year will be more specific, including revealing the number of newly purchased and existing official vehicles as well as the makeup of government parties on overseas trips, and the details of official receptions, according to a State Council announcement on Thursday.

Explanations of the disclosed figures, especially changes compared to the previous year, should also be presented to the public.

The new government document requires, for the first time, provincial governments to draw up a schedule with the goal of disclosing their spending within two years.

An official surnamed Wei from the publicity department at the General Administration of Sport told the Global Times on Friday that the figures for the three public expenses were handled by the finance department now, but all public expenses were treated prudently.

The General Administration of Sport saw the largest increase in its spending among other sectors, blowing 14.75 million yuan ($2.33 million) on banquets, trips, and cars from 2009 to 2010.

"We have some 8,000 staff in total and if measured per person, the number is very small," Wei stated.

Other information supposed to be disclosed to the public this year includes the distribution of social housing, and food inspection and environmental evaluation results.

According to the Ministry of Finance, the entire spending on hospitality, vehicles, and overseas trips by all central government departments in 2010 was 9.47 billion yuan.


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