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Premier calls for crackdown on criminal behaviors in food and drug

Updated: Mar 28,2016 8:37 PM

This year local governments’ power and responsibility lists will be made entirely public and the negative list system for market access will be piloted in some areas to fight against potential corruption, Premier Li Keqiang said at a meeting concerning clean government on March 28.

Government administration without integrity is a kind of corruption and being an official without doing anything for the public is also corruption in disguised form, the Premier said. Lazy governance must be regulated with firm determination and continuous efforts.

He also said that integrity is the foundation for government administration and governments at all levels must take it as an important criterion.

In 2015, more information concerning financial budgets was open to the public, in which governmental purchases, department operating expenses and official receptions were all publicized for the first time, the Premier added.

Premier Li said that the “two-way random inspection” mechanism will be fully implemented this year. The mechanism involves randomly selecting both the targets of the inspections and inspectors, with information concerning inspection results available to the general public.

The measure aims to reduce the temptation for bribery in supervisory departments and to prevent market players from any chance of illegal behavior, the Premier said.

The Premier stressed severe crackdowns against criminal behavior in fields such as food and drug, and public security and that misconduct and corruption should be seriously investigated. That will ensure the public’s health and safety, he said. In addition, related departments should publicize information and respond to the public’s concerns in a timely manner.

Premier Li also called for a whole-process monitoring of the common resource deal. He asked local authorities to establish trading platforms by the end of June, to set up an electronic trading system by the end of this year and to strengthen supervision with the use of the big data.