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China Voice: Chinese government yearly reports need less self-praise

(Xinhua)    18:55, January 13, 2015

BEIJING, Jan. 13 -- Chinese government organs should pay more attention to their faults rather than self-praise when reviewing their work in releasing government information.

A report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences revealed that many annual summary reports on government information disclosure were "hollow without concrete content."

Since the end of 2014, all provincial-level governments and a majority of State Council organs have submitted their yearly work reports on the release of government information, which have been published on the website of the State Council.

According to the report, many of the government departments have mistaken "disclosing government information" for "listing progress and praising themselves." Some have even given themselves high scores praising their work in information disclosure.

It is true that many government departments have made progress, particularly in going digital and interacting with the public.

However, it is meaningless for them to submit a yearly report praising themselves. Instead, they should pay more attention to responses from the public and identify their weaknesses in handling information so as to improve government transparency.

Information disclosure is a must for China to build clean government. It should be recognized by society and written into regulations.

In summarizing the year's work, governments are obliged to find shortcomings and draw lessons to guarantee people's right to be informed and better supervised.


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