China has removed a total of 162,629 “phantom” staff members on official government payroll who’ve been receiving salaries but not working, People’s Daily newspaper reported yesterday.
The largest number of such “ghost” staff, as Xinhua has called the sacked employees, were in Hebei province, with a whopping 55,793 people found to be taking government wages without working. Sichuan province saw 28,466 of these employees and 15,022 were removed in Henan, according to People’s Daily.
Beijing removed a comparatively small 327 “phantom officials” while none have been found in Shanghai or Tibet.
The move is the latest to be publicized in President Xi Jinping’s high-profile campaign to strike out corruption and excessive government spending.
“The problem of government staff receiving salaries without working has been one of the problems most keenly reported by cadres,” the People’s Daily said.
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