China will no longer rank provinces and cities based on the number of “radical petitioners” in their jurisdictions, Beijing News reported Monday, citing unnamed government sources. The ranking system, published on a monthly basis, is used in the evaluation of local authorities’ performance. A region gets a lower score if there is a higher presence of such people who use aggressive methods or resort to illegal actions to pursue their demands. However, studies showed that the ranking system has prompted local officials to take extreme measures to silence such petitioners instead of addressing their complaints, according to the newspaper. The central government now requires local authorities to resolve the issues within their jurisdictions and submit “point by point” reports on how they are resolving the issues, the report said.
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