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Government officials’ dereliction of duty under microscope

Updated: Sep 23,2015 8:03 PM

The State Council heard a report of inspection and investigation results concerning government officials’ dereliction of duty during an executive meeting on Sept 23.

Chaired by Premier Li Keqiang the meeting also decided to streamline central pricing catalogues and speed up the construction of electric car recharging facilities and city parking lots.

The inspection and investigation effort is a significant measure to aid policy implementation and boost development, said a statement after the meeting.

According to the report, the government has, by the end of August, withdrawn capital stock from central departments and local governments of 10.9 billion yuan ($1.71 billion) and 296.6 billion yuan respectively. A total of 312,500 mu (20833 hectares) of unused land has been disposed of. More than 200 officials from in excess of 20 provinces and cities have been held accountable.

The meeting demanded that efforts be made to address problems revealed during inspections, and money that has been withdrawn should be allocated to key areas that could meet the urgent needs for development and improving people’s living conditions.

For idle land that has not been disposed of by local governments by the end of this year, the central government will take it back or deduct the same area of land from new construction land use plans.

The meeting also decided to revise central pricing catalogues in an effort to allow the market to play a decisive role in allocating resources, boost domestic demand and promote industrial upgrading.

The current 13 types of goods and services subject to government-guided prices will be streamlined into seven kinds, including natural gas and electricity. The number of items for which prices are decided by the government will be cut from 100 to 20. Pricing for remaining items will be further improved.

The government will also take reasonable supervision over prices that concern people’s lives such as multi-step electricity pricing, the meeting agreed.

The State Council also agreed that the construction of charging facilities for electric cars is an important guarantee for developing the new energy automobile industry, while accelerating the construction of city parking lots meets the urgent demand to facilitate people’s lives.

The meeting decided that the construction of parking lots should be combined with urban planning.

It demanded efforts to speed the construction of recharging facilities such as charging posts. All new residential buildings should install charging facilities in parking spots or leave necessary space for later installation. There should be no less than 10 percent of such facilities in large public buildings or public parking areas.

The government will ease market access and encourage private capital to invest in the construction of public parking lots.

It will also offer more policies in terms of finance and taxation, land use and electricity, to support the construction of recharging facilities and parking lots.

Relevant regulations will be improved to support the promotion and application of mobile car charging and smart parking, thus providing good services to the public.