BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- The top anti-graft body of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Thursday made public seven cases of the practice of formalities for formalities' sake and bureaucratism in poverty alleviation work.
According to a statement of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the exposure is a part of the nationwide campaign against corruption and poor working styles in poverty alleviation, since the 19th CPC National Congress.
In one case, a former Party chief of a county in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region was punished for neglecting problems in the supervision of funds for poverty relief. In April 2017, authorities found 34 such problems in the county, which involved over 200 million yuan (29.1 million U.S. dollars), resulting in the punishment of 27 Party officials.
Another case involved an official for poverty alleviation in the city of Gejiu of southwest China's Yunnan Province, who, according to the CCDI, "was careless and sloppy in investigating the impoverished population, passively evaded responsibilities, and arbitrarily left his post on multiple occasions." A total of 229 impoverished households were omitted from the poverty list as a result, and the details of about 59 households that returned to poverty were inaccurate.
The CCDI said all officials involved in the seven cases had been punished, which showed that the practice of formalities for formalities' sake and bureaucratism still existed, and was particularly serious in certain regions and departments.
The problems severely damaged the interests of the impoverished people and the credibility of the Party and the government, and retarded the process of poverty alleviation, thus must be seriously investigated and punished according to the disciplines and law, the CCDI noted.