The social supervision mechanism should be improved to make every public project transparent, clean and safe, Premier Li Keqiang said at the first work conference on clean governance held by the State Council on April 27.
Public projects are vital to the national economy and the people’s livelihood, Premier Li said, urging efforts to improve supervision of the whole process, from decision-making and approval to implementation.
Governments should improve the social supervision system; enhance all-round, as well as targeted, governance; and strictly punish violations of laws and regulations, the Premier said.
He added that poverty-relief funds, which are essential for the battle against poverty, should be under strict supervision. He called for governments to improve the management of poverty-relief funds and severely punish corruption or neglect in poverty alleviation.
Honest governance is an important standard to measure whether the government abides by the rule of law, the Premier said. Some private business owners and foreign investors had complained that local governments did not honor contracts and made arbitrary changes to local regulations, which have severely affected their enthusiasm.
Since all levels of local governments have completed their leadership transition, the Premier urged them to regard honest governance as an important principle, and strictly honor their commitments.
New officials must not be allowed to disavow obligations undertaken by their predecessors, the Premier stressed.
Officials who hold onto their posts but stand idle should be regarded as participating in a kind of corruption, and should not be tolerated, Premier Li said.
“We should not accommodate anyone who fails to implement decisions made by the CPC Central Committee or the central government, or those who refuse to carry out their duties as a civil servant,” the Premier said. “As to misconduct behaviors or dereliction of duty, officials concerned should be punished, or dismissed, or be held accountable by law.”