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Power in the sun


Wu Guangqiang


FIFTY-SEVEN government agencies in Zhejiang Province, on June 25, listed online their respective administrative powers. Zhejiang is the first province in China to publicly make clear the authority possessed by each department in an effort to eliminate possible abuses of power, low efficiency and corruption in government. 

The Zhejiang government spent six months sorting out and slashing unnecessary administrative powers. In doing so, they reduced 12,300 items to 4,236, a 60 percent reduction. From now on, the provincial government will not exercise any administrative powers that are not publicly listed. 

At the government’s official site, www.zjzwfw.gov.cn, people can see the complete list of administrative powers by department at the provincial, municipal and district levels. 

Clear instructions on the site educate citizens about what authority each department has on each level, how the authority is used, and how the public can offer criticism or suggestions for improvement. Each department was required to adopt a flowchart that outlined their administrative powers so that everyone could understand what and how many steps are required for approval of any application submitted to the government, explain what documents or materials are needed for each application, list who is in charge of each department and provide telephone numbers for each person in charge. 

All of this is of great significance because it signals a major shift in government ideology from the outdated notion of managing and controlling the public to the advanced idea of whole-heartedly serving the people. It’s also the embodiment of Party chief Xi Jinping’s pledge “to put power in the cage of the system.” 

The public resents complicated application and approval processes and government officials or low-ranking staff with certain administrative powers who deliberately make things difficult for citizens. These corrupt officials have harmed the public by abusing their power and taking advantage of the previous opacity of administrative powers. 

Last October, China Central Television detailed a typical case of power abuse. A young man surnamed Zhou in Beijing wanted to apply for a passport, but without a Beijing hukou (registered permanent residence), he had to go through the application process at a police station in his hometown. The rude and unreasonable police officers handling his application purposely made him travel between Beijing and his hometown six times to hand in a bunch of unnecessary documents and still refused to approve his application until Zhou publicly exposed his unfair treatment. To apply for a passport, the poor man traveled a cumulative distance of 3,000 kilometers! 

The report enraged the public, and several people responsible for the scandal received severe punishment. 

But Zhou’s miserable experience is only a drop in the bucket. Countless people have also been caught up in endless bureaucracy to get even trivial things done. Making several trips back and forth, being rudely and poorly treated, filling out and submitting page after page of forms, and if unlucky, being rejected or disqualified for some unknown reason has become routine for many people needing government assistance or approvals. When people have to apply for something like a business license, retirement benefits or medicare insurance, they feel a chill down their spine at the thought of the red tape and surly, apathetic office clerks awaiting them. 

Zhejiang’s courageous move is likely to bring fundamental changes to all this. Under the slogan “everything done at one stop,” Zhejiang government’s online platform provides maximum simplification and facilitation of applications and administrative approvals. 

In Zhejiang, not only can simple and clear information be found online, but also over 9,000 items that must go through an application process can be completed without any personal visits to government offices. Applicants can complete everything online, including downloading forms, filling them out, receiving consultations and getting approvals. 

Ideally, everyone will be able to deal with every single problem one might encounter — birth, school or marriage registrations, travel documents and work permits and eventually apply for medicare — by visiting this site. 

Zhejiang’s pilot test was conducted after the Central Government ordered its departments to disclose their administrative power lists. Therefore, Zhejiang’s success will be significant for the country as a whole. 

Even though there is a long way to go, this is a major step in the right direction in China’s administrative reform.


(The author is an English tutor and freelance writer.)



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