BEIJING - Disciplinary authorities have identified 220 recent violations of the Party's frugality rules, the country's top anti-graft agency announced on Monday.
A total of 313 Party and government officials have received punishments, from serious warnings to removal from public office, with all names and misbehaviors publicized on the website of the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
Among them, 42 cases were related to the misuse of government vehicles. Seventeen involved sightseeing tours at public expense, and 10 were lavish banquets paid for with public funds. Among the punished officials, 21 were found - during working hours - playing cards, mahjong and video games, shopping online, watching online films or stock trading. Ten officials were punished for drinking alcohol during lunch on workdays.
For example, Liu Chuanzhao, chief of Liugang village in Huainan, Anhui province, received a serious warning for using public cars to visit his family's tombs.
In another case, Tian Jingxiang, head of a hospital in Houchang township in Liupanshui, Guizhou province, was warned for spending 2,673 yuan (USD430) of public money on a banquet to treat an inspection team in January.
The expenses on government vehicles, receptions, and official tours are referred to as the "three public consumptions", and have long been criticized by the public because of the large sums involved.
Anti-graft authorities have found a total of 23 cases in which officials received money and gifts during weddings and funerals for their family members, according to the commission.
Wang Zhixue, an official of Bohai township in Beijing's Huairou district, received a total of 5,800 yuan from township and village officials during his son's wedding on March 16. He was ordered by the authorities to give back the money and to write a detailed explanation.
The commission has forbidden officials from grand celebrations of weddings, funerals and birthdays since some officials have taken advantage of such events to receive money - often as bribes - from subordinates jockeying for promotions, or from businesses seeking contracts or regulatory green lights.