Thousands of bureaucrats and more laid off in first quarter: China

Village officials were also included in the investigation by the Central Discipline Inspection Commission.

In the first quarter of this year, the Central Discipline Inspection Commission had more than 150,000 employees, including about 1,000 provincial, provincial and divisional level employees, and more than 30,000 grassroots employees and village committee chairs. was arrested and punished. “Criticized and educated” “More than 350,000 people. It is noteworthy that for the first time the head of a village committee, known as a “mass organization”, was included in the list of investigation and punishment by the Central Committee It is. Discipline inspection.

According to anti-corruption statistics for the first quarter of this year published on the website of the Communist Party of China Central Discipline Inspection Commission on Wednesday, the authorities received 808,000 petitions and reports within three months; This includes 212,000 complaints and grievances. Complaints. A total of 149,000 cases were filed, including 16 cadres at the provincial/provincial level, 983 cadres at the department/bureau level, 6,695 cadres at the prefecture/division level, and 21,000 cadres at the township/division level. It’s a person.

According to official announcements, 121,000 people were punished, including 99,000 party disciplinary sanctions and 34,000 political sanctions. 12 cadres at the provincial/provincial level, 948 cadres at the department/bureau level, 6,241 cadres at the county/division level, and 17,000 cadres at the township/division level were punished. There are 16,000 general executives and 81,000 other rural and corporate employees. Village committee members who are not part of China’s administrative system are also subject to investigation and punishment for discipline violations by the Central Discipline Inspection Commission. For example, 13,000 current or former village party branch secretaries and village committee directors are registered.

For the first time, “mass organizations” have been added to the Central Discipline Inspection Committee’s examination system.

Guo Min, a former criminal police officer with the Public Security Bureau of Zhuzhou City, Hunan Province, said in an interview with Radio Free Asia on the same day that the authorities’ social control extends to the city government and street offices. The lowest level of society: “Why does he reach out now? At the lowest level, they (the government) believe that it is to prevent slight changes and strengthen the control functions of grassroots organizations, and of course You have to manage the leaders of your organization properly.”

Comparing with last year’s official data, in the first quarter of 2023, there will be 1 staff at the provincial/ministerial level, 633 staff at the provincial/bureau level, 4,669 staff at the district/division level, and 1 staff at the district/district level. A total of 111,000 employees, including 4,000 employees, were investigated and punished. 15,000 government officials and general officials. There are 76,000 people in rural areas and businesses. The number of officials filed this year is significantly higher than last year. Of these, the number of cadres at the provincial/provincial level is 16 times higher, and the number of cadres at the department/bureau level is about 30% higher.

Since China’s reform and opening-up, the anti-corruption movement has never stopped. From the 1990s through the first decade of this century, the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office announced that the number of state and ministerial level officials investigated and punished each year was less than 10. However, with the rapid growth of China’s economy, corruption tends to “increase rebellion.” Specifically, by the first quarter of 2024, 16 state and ministry-level officials were investigated and punished.

In this regard, Chinese legal expert Lu Chenyuan said in an interview with the bureau that the Chinese Communist Party has always regarded the number of arrests as an achievement in eradicating corruption. It is a thing,” he said. However, none of the purged officials were falsely accused and must have committed corruption only because this kind of anti-corruption fight is lopsided and never stops. is. ”

Public officials’ assets must be openly monitored to prevent corruption

Lu Chenyuan believes that if authorities really want to fight corruption, they should establish corresponding institutions and legal systems. First, officials must disclose their personal assets and accept social oversight. “The implementation of democratic and national supervision cannot be limited to the internal supervision of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission. This will not work. Internal supervision can easily be based on other concerns such as political considerations,” he said. There is a possibility.”

The bureau previously reported that after two meetings in March 2013, about 20 social activists from Beijing, Guangdong province, Jiangxi province, etc. held up banners in quick succession in Xidan, Beijing and other cities, demanding that officials disclose their assets. It was reported that he asked for it. They were eventually charged with “unlawful assembly” or “incitement to subvert state power” and sentenced to prison terms.

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