A Minister’s Salary, 8,000 Yuan a Month?
Chen Zhili (ÈôàËá≥Á´ã), a member of China’s State Council (ÂõΩÂä°ÂßîÂëò), said at the CPPCC that her monthly compensation, including salary and all stipends, is 10,000 yuan ($1,250), reports Singtaonet. Minister of Science and Technology, Xu Guanhua (ÂæêÂÜ†Âçé), also exposed that his monthly compensation is 8,000 yuan ($1,000).
China’s leaders rarely reveal their incomes. A few years ago, the administration pushed through a so-called “Sunshine Project”, the “Three Five Eight One” Project, which regulates the income ceilings of officials at different levels. The annual income ceilings are, section heads (ÁßëÈïø) 30,000 yuan, division chiefs (Â§ÑÈïø) 50,000 yuan, bureau chiefs (Â±ÄÈïø) 80,000 yuan, and ministers (ÈÉ®Èïø) 100,000 yuan.
Chen Zhili is at a vice-premier level, so a 120,000-yuan annual income falls within the range of the “Three Five Eight One project,” Singtaonet says.
That being said, government officials enjoy very high invisible benefits, such as free houses, cars, paid holidays, and high accumulation funds (ÂÖ¨ÁßØÈáë). A vice minister can have an apartment as large as 180 square meters in Beijing, which is worth 1.8 million yuan, and a car worth 350,000 yuan. The Singtaonet report doesn’t mention the numerous gifts that government officials also receive.
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