Sichuan Deposes 15 Officials for Malpractice in Quake Relief

Xinhua reports on the removal of fifteen Chinese officials for their poor responses to earthquake relief efforts:

Fifteen government officials from quake-hit Sichuan Province have been removed from their posts for malpractice involving the quake-relief work.

The officials, ranking from village Party chief to deputy municipal civil affairs bureau chief, were blamed for their tardy response to the quake and malfeasance in later relief work, according to the organization department of the provincial committee of Communist Party of China (CPC).

…Meanwhile, 50 grassroots officials were promoted for their outstanding performances involving quake victim rescue, evacuation and resettlement, he [an official] said.

This follows reports of the government’s strong stance against earthquake relief corruption. For more on this, see this Xinhua article.

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