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Corruption still rife in construction industry

(China Daily)

09:04, October 19, 2011

BEIJING - Despite persistent campaigns and tough penalties in recent years, corruption in infrastructure projects is still pervasive, China's anti-graft agencies have warned.

According to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, the country's key anti-graft agency, over the first eight months of this year, about 6,800 officials have been prosecuted for corruption in infrastructure projects across the country.

And prosecutors uncovered graft cases in this sector involving more than 2.99 billion yuan ($468 million) during a nationwide campaign from Sept 2009 to March this year, according to the Ministry of Supervision.

Local prosecutors closely involved in corruption investigations have found that bribery is now included as a regular part of many contractors' budgets as "public relations expenses".

Given that the nation has spent a huge amount of money on infrastructure development in recent years, the amount of money involved in graft cases has increased notably.

A bribe may exceed 1 million yuan if the project is estimated to cost 20 million yuan, said a city prosecutor in Jiangxi province, who asked to remain anonymous.

"In most cases, bribes make up 5 to 10 percent of the total cost of a project," he said.

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jack Smith, USA at 2011-10-2024.26.135.*
Someone needs to be executed over this! Do not become like the U.S. Jack Smith, USa
Gerard at 2011-10-19123.131.134.*
If you only sack or fire them after they are caught and you take all the money back from them then you are depriving the objective of having a anti-corruption agency. Harshers sentences should be handed down such as the death penalty. Corruption is the cancer that eats away at everything that is good in a country. Its time for Hu to clean house but then again everyone is following in his footsteps. Officials learn from their leaders. The cancer needs to be cut out so its time for major changes in goverment.

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