A political advisor on Monday urged the government to
take strong measures to control administrative costs, saying
promulgation of a law against extravagance and waste may help check
the waste of public resources.
Feng Pei'en, a member of China's top advisory body,
was worried about the drastic increase of administrative
expenditure in the country.
The annual administrative expenditure per capita
surged by 24 times from 1986 to 2005, and the growth rate is higher
than that of the country's GDP per capita and fiscal income of the
same period, according to Feng.
Feng made the remarks at a plenary meeting of the
ongoing annual full session of the National Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in the
Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.
Feng blamed the surge of administrative costs for
widespread lavishment of public servants, from buying luxury cars
and construction of luxury office buildings.
"Strong measures must be taken to bring administrative
costs under control to realize the goal to build a
conservation-minded government," said the CPPCC member.
To stop the unhealthy practices, Feng suggested an act
on government information disclosure be delivered so that taxpayers
can oversee government expenditure.
The promulgation of a law against extravagance would
also help the general public to be aware of the "crime of wasting
public resources" while establishing norms for the punishment of
those who are proved to have wasted public resources, he
Feng's remarks go in line with what the government is
determined to do in the future.
In his report on the government work to parliament a
week ago, Premier Wen Jiabao vowed to "deal with the serious
problem of extravagance and waste in some government
"Quite a few local governments, government offices and
organizations compete with one another for lavishness and spend
money hand over foot, which arouses strong public resentment," Wen
To handle the issues, China will strictly control the
construction and expansion of government office buildings and
absolutely stop the construction of more luxury government building
projects, the premier said.
"Our objective is to build a just, transparent,
hardworking, efficient, honest, upright and clean government that
follows a well-defined code of conduct, government with which the
people are satisfied," he said.
(Xinhua News Agency March 13, 2007)