Central Government Departments Publish Budgets

The Ministry of Finance has announced that 88 of 98 central government departments have published their budgets. Though selective with the level of detail published, the Ministry has culled data on money spent on overseas travel, receptions, and official cars, to be published in June. From China Daily:

The public can expect to review the ways that the central government departments spend tax money on overseas travel, cars and receptions for the first time in June.

Eighty-eight of China’s 98 central government departments had published their budgets by Friday, the Ministry of Finance said, whereas 75 departments had done so last year.

Earlier this month, an executive meeting of the State Council, China’s Cabinet, ordered the 98 central government departments to publish such information this year.

Certain departments have gone so far as to release budgets showing their spending on specific items, rather than spending on certain categories or spending out of certain funds, the Ministry of Finance said on Saturday on its website.

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