The central government has ordered stricter monitoring of poverty relief funds to protect the interests of people in need, China Daily reported Wednesday. These funds are life-saving money for the poor and a driver for development of poverty-stricken regions, the report said, citing information from an executive meeting of the State Council. A recent audit found that such funds have been misused by some local governments due to a lack of supervision, the report said. The government has pledged tough punishment for offenders.
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