Date
23 September 2017
Premier Li says some local governments have failed to implement Beijing's policies properly. Photo: Bloomberg
Premier Li says some local governments have failed to implement Beijing's policies properly. Photo: Bloomberg

Li vows checks to ensure policy implementation at local level

Premier Li Keqiang has vowed to step up checks on local governments to ensure that they implement diligently the policies formulated by the central government.

“Some government officials have a mindset of ‘as long as there is no accident, would prefer not to do things’, or ‘not seeking hard life, but only so-so’ attitude,” the premier said at a recent State Council meeting, according to a China Business News report Tuesday.

Li said that since last year, the State Council has released a series of policies and measures, but those policies have not been carried out well at the local level. That has caused the failure of some good policies to achieve the desired results, he said.

The cabinet, therefore, decided to fix the long-standing issue of slow policy implementation. “We need to find out the reasons, put forward countermeasures, break the “first mile” and “last mile” impairment, and eliminate the impact of policies and institutional obstacles, the premier said.

local governments at all levels are required to conduct self-checks as well as introduce third parties and social organizations into the monitoring process. Meanwhile, the State Council will dispatch inspection teams to check the results.

The inspection teams, which will be led by ministers, will hold talks with local government officials and leading local enterprises. as well as ordinary citizens.

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