Li Keqiang calls for frugality and integrity of public bodies

The Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang has called on public bodies to operate with frugality and integrity, and better fulfill their duty to serve the people.

In a speech at a meeting honoring the role models for their outstanding public service, the Chinese vice premier urged public bodies to “allocate funds and resources where they are most needed.”

Taxpayers expect better expenditure management in public administration, and always give special attention to public spending and government purchases, said Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of Chinese Communist Party.

“Public bodies should use public funds in an economic and reasonable way, increase the transparency of governance and exposed to public oversight,” Li said, also calling for public bodies to save energy, water and supplies in their daily work to fulfill their social responsibilities.

Li urged the managers of public bodies to demonstrate integrity, avoiding conflicts of interest, to act impartially and to refrain from corruption.

In response to public demand for greater transparency in the use of public funds, the Business Council of State has ordered the beginning of the 98 ministries and government bodies to publish their budgets and spending on vehicles, hospitality and reception.

Public expenditure on these three items, usually called “three public spending” (三公消费), have long been considered the main source of waste and corruption.

A report by the Chinese Ministry of Finance revealed in June that the “three public spending” at the national level reached 9.47 billion yuan last year, of which 6.17 billion yuan spent on the use of vehicles.

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has published on its website Friday a settlement on the purchase of most public vehicles, reducing the cost per unit to less than 180,000 yuan.

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