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China Issues Guide for Government Information Disclosure
Source: news.cn
Source Date: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: China
Created: Apr 09, 2014

The Chinese government Tuesday issued a guideline to improve transparency in several key areas such as environmental protection and land use.

                                   

China will step up its efforts in tracking and disclosing information concerning environmental protection, said the State Council document published on the central government's official website.

According to the document, the government will inform the public better about air quality, water quality and details of environmental impact assessments for planned big projects.

It will also push forward information disclosure related to nuclear safety and press big polluters to actively publicize information about their pollutant discharges, it said.

The calls come in the wake of Premier Li Keqiang's opening address at the annual session of the National People's Congress in March, in which he "declared war" on pollution.

But aside from pollution, Tuesday's guideline also covered other areas of government work in which improved information disclosure is needed.

They include management of public land, a topic which has triggered a number of disputes and protests in recent years.

Under the guideline, governments will better disclose information about requisition of public land as well as transfer of use rights of farming land and public land for construction projects and mining.

The government will allow the public to check and inquire about land requisition and do a better job to inform concerned parties in a demolition program about compensation policies, according to the guideline.

Information concerning administrative approval, budgets and final accounts, government spending on receptions, cars and overseas trips is likewise highlighted in the statement.

It also urges more concerted actions between government departments to avoid "official rumors," referring to inaccurate and contradictory information released by different departments. 
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