China to Streamline Several Government Agencies
China has announced plans that will streamline government ministries thus creating a super agency that will regulate media and realign other bureaucracies in efforts to boost efficiency. The plans were introduced to the national legislature that reflects the government’s priority in reducing waste while addressing the quality of life issues that will give a more prosperous demanding society.
The Ministry of Railways will be part of the changes and will be split into different divisions with its regulatory responsibilities given to the Transport Ministry, while its operations will be delegated to a commercial entity. While the food and drug agency will be given a boost in authority that will end all safety scandals that have been triggering public anger. This will be the seventh government restructuring that the country started market reforms 30 years ago. This move marks the latest attempt in reducing government involvement in the economy and society.
The new streamlining plan will include guidelines that will limit and define the responsibilities of the Central Government and limiting the issuance of permits for projects and the setting of standards.
The family planning commission another bureau which oversees the enforcement of the one child policy will merge with the Health Ministry which shows that the government might be shifting its emphasis from birth limits in favor of a healthier approach to family planning. Meanwhile the food and drug administration will be given a ministry in hopes that the added power will improve enforcement.