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Baimiao village government in Bazhong City, Sichuan Province publicized all of its expenses in detailed records in January of this year, including “spending 1.5 yuan buying stationary” and the cost of purchasing cigarettes and alcohol for accommodating and entertaining their superior officers. Thus the netizens called it “the first case of naked government”.
Just 3 days, this news attracted over 300,000 netizen’s attentions, it really shows how hopeful the Chinese people are for a “naked government”. Although a small number of the netizens questioned the truthfulness, the motives and the background of the “nakedness”, in any case the announced government spending is more precise and more transparent than any other governments in the past. This is the exactly why netizens called it “The first case of naked government.”
We should pay special attention to the first case of “naked government”, not only to give full recognition, but also to let it play out its full value. First, we should see that as long as there is courage, establishing “naked government” can be achieved, and its resistance is not as big as we thought, on the contrary, the support and praise it received have far exceeded our expectations. We should be more determined and to gather our courage to vigorously promote building a “transparent government”. At the same time, we should treat this case as dissecting a sparrow (analyzing a typical case), analyzing government business from the publicized spending; analyzing the problems in the government operations starting from the publicized government spending, and to find a ways to improve them. Thus we should use this to recommend the development of “transparent governments”.
For example, in the publicized government spending, we found 65% of the expenses are used on accommodating and entertaining (the superior officials) and they are costly, each table in each meal costs more than 400 yuan. Another example, we did not find a system to base the government spending on, almost all of them are arranged by the principal leaders. Another example, as a poverty-stricken rural village, the mayor’s monthly wage has reached 3,136 yuan, is this income suitable comparing with the average income of the villagers?
Publicizing the administrative affairs is a necessary requirement for scientific governance; however except for the spending transparency we did not see policy transparency or operation transparency. This in fact tells us that Baimiao village’s so-called “naked” does not have a regulated procedure, and there is no strict system, it really came from the leader’s political impulse. Though this political impulse is very valuable, but impulse does not last, it is random. What we need is the “naked government” to be institutionalized, standardized and habitual. Therefore Baimiao village’s so-called “naked” has its value, but we should push its value across the country, more efforts and further exploring is needed.
Many netizens suggested to propose “the first case of naked government” across the country, we also hope the National People’s Congress would respond to netizen’s suggestions, do not let Baimiao town become the only “naked government”.
Part of Publicized Baimiao Village Government Spending in January
According to izaobao: Baimiao village government publicized spending is not being brave.
1. Because it is only a village government, there are not that many things to hide and to cover up, might as well show everyone their “naked body”, telling the public how pure they are.
2. The publicized government spending is still shocking, the expenses on accommodating and entertaining is 65% of the total spending. Even for this remote poor village, the cost for accommodating and entertaining officials has reached such high percentage, what about the other rich areas? I am scared to imagine.
However Baimiao village government’s action is no other than challenging the governments at all levels nationwide: I am not afraid to be naked, do you dare to?
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