Central Government Significantly Reduced Spending on Daily Operations
According to the National Audit Office that the central government is spending less on their daily operations for three straight years. Under the anti-corruption campaign that was launched a few years ago, resulted in reduced spending by government officials on overseas travel, use of official vehicles and entertaining guests also known as the three public expenses.
According to the annual report to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress the top lawmaking body of China showed a general improvement is seen in the way budget spending was compiled by 42 departments and their 241 subordinates bodies under the State Council. The report said that the budget spending of the three public expenses decreased by 11.7 percent last year compared to the previous year. this was the same type of spending that also decreased by 27 percent in 2014, and 11 percent for 2013. Also a decline of the illegal use of public funds, but Liu Jiayi China’s auditor general that breaches of clean government rules are still seen. Spending on purchases on official vehicles has exceeded in 20 government departments involving 6.23 million yuan. the three offices that is supervised by the Ministry of Land And Resources overshot their budgets by 1.26 million yuan, and the two remaining bodies under the Ministry of Civil Affairs overspent 598,000 yuan.
For overseas travel, the four central government departments and 11 subordinate bodies spent 3.84 over budget which includes the 1.14 million yuan by the China Banking Regulatory Commission and 924,000 yuan by the All-China Women’s Federation. The General Administration of Customs and the Cultural Palace of Nationalities also overspent on their receptions. Most of the spending problems are being corrected by the government bodies.
A professor for the Chinese Academy of Governance that specializes in public management and anti graft studies, stated that the improved central government budgetary discipline is due to the increase of efforts in the anti corruption campaign.