"Take blame and resign" gets moving in China 03-08-2004 10:57

The practice of "take blame and resign" is being promoted in China, reported Mar.8's China Daily.

Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Nov. 19, 2003 adopted such a policy for government and Party officials. It lists nine cases of bad management under which officials are required to resign, including wrong decisions that lead to negative political impact or great economic losses and the breaches of duty that lead to serious accidents.

The English-language newspaper said that experts have hailed the move as a step torwards better management of officials in China.

Other Chinese places, like south China's Guangdong Province, Shaoyang of central China's Hunan Province, and southwest China's Chongqing Municipality are adopting or considering similar regulations, media reports said.

However, the development of a "take blame and resign" practice will take time in China, experts said, because Chinese officials are now lacking in such an awareness. Therefore, concrete regulations are called for under the current situation in China, the paper said.

The term "take blame and resign" appears in a national stipulation, taking effect in 2002, on the selection and appointment of Party and government officials, and before that, there was a provisional stipulation on the same subject.

Editor:Wang  Source:Xinhua News Agency

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