Cutting extravagance, the CPC way

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China’s new rules for officials: No red carpet, no flower arrangement, no empty talks

Country known for red flower décor:A flower decoration with Chinese words - Patriotism - displayed in Beijing.Photo: AP
Country known for red flower décor:A flower decoration with Chinese words - Patriotism - displayed in Beijing.Photo: AP

No red carpet, no welcome banner, no flower arrangement, short meetings with no empty talk... These are just some of the directives for the newly-elected leadership of China’s ruling party that has pledged to reject extravagance and reduce bureaucratic visits and meetings.

The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee has agreed that there should be “no welcome banner, no red carpet, no floral arrangement or grand receptions for officials’ visits”, reported Xinhua.

Restricted trips

“The spending on officials’ trips and inspections should be kept at the minimum necessary level,” according to a statement issued after the meeting.

It also promised to reject the practices of extravagance, formalism and bureaucracy.

Tuesday’s meeting adopted a document making clear requirements on how Political Bureau members should improve their work style in eight aspects, according to the statement.

No inconvenience to public

“There should be fewer traffic controls arranged for the leaders’ security of their trips to avoid unnecessary inconvenience to the public, and inspection tours as a mere formality should be strictly prohibited,” the statement said.

Political Bureau members are not allowed to attend all sorts of ribbon-cutting or cornerstone laying ceremonies, as well as celebrations and seminars, unless they get approval from the CPC Central Committee, according to the statement.

According to the statement, all members of the Political Bureau are urged to understand the real situation facing society through in-depth inspections at grassroots.

No empty talk

Official meetings should get shortened and be specific and to the point, with no empty talks.

It also asked the senior officials to keep a frugal lifestyle and strictly comply to regulations on housing and vehicles.IANS



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