Authorities announced yesterday that Chinese officials are hereby banned from using public funds for celebratory drinking, smoking and firework-lighting over the New Year holiday in accordance to the Party’s recent crackdown on lavish government spending.
“During the festivals, the scenario of using public funds to give gifts is widespread, an improper atmosphere is prevalent, the masses have expressed strong opinions,” the Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection was quoted as saying in a Shanghai Daily report.
The ban on public funding towards celebratory items includes flowers, food and tobacco, too. Harsh.
According to the report:
The commission asked discipline and inspection organs at all levels to strengthen supervision and expose violations in a timely manner during the holidays.
The order covers government and Party offices, state-owned enterprises and financial institutions, although an exception will be made for people who want to “console” others and employees in financial difficulties, according to the commission.