'China's anti corruption body secretive, least transparent'



`China`s anti corruption body secretive, least transparent` Beijing: Despite tall claims of crackdown against corrupt officials, the much feared China's anti corruption agency continued to be the most secretive set ups, figuring at the bottom of an official transparency list Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, (CASS).

The agency which has launched a major drive against corruption in the government failed to pass the administrative transparency evaluation test, official media said.

Several top officials including the long standing Railway Minister Liu Zhijun was sacked following investigations into corrupt deals.

But few details are revealed about the nature of the allegations in such cases.

The ruling Chinese Communist Party, (CPC), which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, has made crackdown against corruption, a major policy initiative identifying it as an important factor exercising Chinese people in general.

Fifty-one out of 59 government departments under China's central cabinet, including the anti-corruption agency and 70 percent of 43 selected city governments failed to pass an administrative transparency evaluation, according to "blue book".

The blue book, an annual report on China's rule of law that was released by CASS said, administrative transparency has become the government's "shortcoming" and needs "improvement", official China Daily quoted the report as saying.

Tian He, the book's executive editor-in-chief and an expert in rule of law studies, said that most governments failed to meet the requirement of the State Council's regulation because of "a lack of determination from top officials".

"In fact, if people in high positions don't care about government transparency, such requirements from the public seem useless," Tian admitted.

PTI