BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Solid improvements need to be made while implementing the eight bureaucracy- and formalism-fighting guidelines put forward by the Communist Party of China (CPC) to curb extravagance and enhance officials' working style.
The guidelines were issued on Dec. 4, 2012 at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, reiterated the Party's resolution to improve its working style with visible changes at a plenary meeting of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) held last week.
Problems with working style are seen by some Party members and officials as petty things. But actually, the practices of extravagance,ostentation, hedonism, bureaucracy and formalism are eroding the accountability of the Party and the government.
These undesirable practices, if allowed to go unaddressed, will evolve to become an invisible wall that separates the CPC from the people.
Thus, the guidelines are issued as an effort to put an end to these undesirable practices. However, because improving working style is not new for the Party and with past campaigns starting off with a bang but ending with a whimper, people are wondering whether the eight guidelines will end up this way.
Visible improvements promised by Xi should serve to dispel people's doubts. Since the members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee have set a good example in this regard, officials at lower levels must honor what they have promised.
The guidelines should be implemented in a detailed way. The CPC should never tolerate any compromise made by officials or departments in carrying out these guidelines.
CPC organizations and governments at all levels should pick some outstanding issues every year and resolve them by constant efforts. And,the CPC disciplinary arms at all levels must strengthen their inspection efforts to prevent a re-emergence of undesirable practices.
The road to improve working style is long and hard for the CPC, and the eight guidelines should be considered an order of mobilization. Implementing the guidelines is not the finishing line, but just the start line.
CPC organizations and governments at all levels must carry out the guidelines honestly and effectively so as to retain the trust of the people.