Chinese province bans officials from visiting nightclubs

So far 1.82 lakh officials were punished nationwide in 2013, 13.3 per cent more than in 2012.

PTI| Updated: May 08, 2014, 15:24 PM IST

Beijing: Government officials in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou in China will be banned from entering public places of entertainment, an official announcement said.

The officials will not be allowed to enter entertainment venues such as nightclubs, private clubs and discos, according to the newest regulation issued by the city discipline inspectorate of Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province.

The latest effort to rein in the excesses of greedy officials, known as "Ten Bans", forbids government officials from using public funds on luxurious meals.
Receiving gifts, souvenirs and coupons is strictly prohibited, state-run China News Service reported.

The move is another step toward an eight-point code of conduct issued by the central government in 2012 to reduce bureaucracy and boost ties with the public.

Anyone who violates the regulation will be punished accordingly. The public can report possible cases via letters, phones or the Internet, it said.

The effort is in line with the ongoing campaign against corruption by the Communist Party of China that targets both "tigers" and "flies" (meaning senior and low-ranking corrupt officials).

So far 1.82 lakh officials were punished nationwide in 2013, 13.3 per cent more than in 2012.