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Local officials assessed on "personal morals"

(Xinhua)

09:12, February 21, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of Communist Party of China (CPC), published a reader's commentary Monday in response to a county's new standard of assessing officials -- soliciting opinions from family members and neighbors.

Carried out in Pengshan county in the southwest province of Sichuan, the new standard said that opinions from family members, neighbors and community workers should be assessed when officials are considered for promotion.

According to the standard, family morality takes 14 percent of the grading, including filial piety, neighborhood harmony, and household duties.

The questions for family members, neighbors and community workers include whether officials park their cars in wrong places, litter and quarrel, according to a report from the Beijing-based Jinghua Daily.

The report said five officials had been assessed by the new standard, and all of them lost marks for not doing housework.

There is nothing wrong with the county's attempt to assess officials on their "personal morals" rather than their professional competence, the commentary said, as officials' morals are critical in achieving mainstream social values and morality.

However, there was a need to find an appropriate and effective way to make the evaluation more practical, the commentary said, adding that the government should find ways to prevent family members from covering up officials' faults.

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