The third Central Government Environmental Inspection Team stationed in Liaoning Province a couple of days ago upon the approval of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, in a bid to launch environmental inspection there, as part of the efforts to implement the guidelines of the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping on promoting ecological progress and protecting the environment, and the major decisions and deployments of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. The inspection team held a mobilization meeting in Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning Province in northeast China on Apr. 25. The team leader Li Jiaxiang and deputy team leader Huang Runqiu delivered remarks on doing well in the inspection. Secretary of the CPC Liaoning provincial committee Li Xi delivered a mobilization speech. The meeting was chaired by Chen Qiufa, Governor of the provincial government.
Li Jiaxiang pointed out that the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core has taken all factors into consideration while implementing the overall plan for promoting economic, political, social, cultural and ecological progresses and balanced and promoted the “four-pronged comprehensive strategy”; it has put ecological development and environmental protection at a more important, strategic position. The environmental protection inspection is one of the major institutional arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council for promoting ecological progress and protecting the environment. General Secretary Xi Jinping highly valued it and required taking it as a cutting point to promote ecological progress, highlighting the equal responsibility of the Party and the government for environmental protection, and tightening the implementation of “one position with two responsibilities” system. With respect to the pilot inspection in Hebei Province, General Secretary Xi made important instructions and required adhering to the problem-oriented principle, putting great efforts in revealing problems, being brave to take a serious attitude, paying close attention to this task, and making new headways with the ecological progress. In December 2016, Xi made important instructions once again on promoting ecological progress and required intensifying the environmental inspection, seriously investigating and punishing disciplinary and legal violations, making strenuous efforts to address pressing ecological problems, and enabling the public to perceive the improving ecological environment.
Li Jiaxiang stressed that the inspection team stationed in Liaoning to, first and foremost, check whether the provincial Party committee and provincial government have well implemented the national decisions and deployments for environmental protection, solved pressing environmental problems, and taken the main responsibility for protecting the environment in the province. The team will adhere to the problem-oriented principle, monitor closely the pressing environmental problems that have raised high attention of the central authorities, are strongly complained by the public, and have bad social ramifications, as well as how they are settled; inspect the areas and watersheds that have experienced deteriorating environmental quality and how they have been treated; check whether immediate actions have been taken to rectify the living environment problems reported by the people; check if there is any nonfeasance or misconduct by the local Party committee and relevant government departments; and check the performances of local Party committees and governments in sharing the responsibility for protecting the environment, how the “one position with two responsibilities” system has been implemented, and how the liabilities are accounted for. The party committees and governments at all levels in Liaoning should work closely around the overall plan for promoting economic, political, social, cultural, and ecological progresses and the “four-pronged comprehensive strategy”, firmly embrace the “four kinds of awareness”, implement the new development concepts, and make sure the major decisions and deployments of the central authorities to take root and yield substantial effects.
In response, Li Xi said that the inspection team’s presence in Liaoning fully demonstrates that the CPC Central Committee and the State Council have attached great importance to, sent earnest regards to, and provided strenuous support for this province. The inspection represents a thorough checkup of the local effort in implementing the new development concepts and strengthening the ecological progress and environmental protection, and offers a rare opportunity for us to fully implement the decisions and deployments of the central authorities on promoting ecological progress and protecting the environment, comprehensively carry out the new development concepts, the “four focuses” and “three facilitations”, and push forward the development through renovations. He required that the local Party committees, governments, and relevant departments at all levels thoroughly learn and implement the guidelines of the important statements of General Secretary Xi Jinping and his important instructions on promoting ecological progress and protecting the environment, resolutely comply with the work plans for the central inspection, take it as a solemn political mission to self-consciously and actively collaborate with the inspection, and do it with high attention. They should strengthen their leading capacity, organize activities meticulously and do their best to provide necessary supports, in order to make sure the environmental inspection go smoothly. Moreover, they should adhere to the problem-oriented principle, strengthen their responsibilities, accept the inspection on the one hand, and on the other hand, make rectifications in the meantime, and advance the province-wide ecological progress and environmental protection through the rectification achievements.
At the meeting, Huang Runqiu proposed requirements for cooperating well with the inspection team, overseeing the rectifications, sharing the information, and providing adequate conditions for the inspection. Members of the inspection team, officials concerned with the National Office of Environmental Protection Inspection, and leadership of the provincial Party committee and provincial government attended the meeting. Leading officials of the provincial people’s congress and local political advisory committees, leading officials of the relevant departments under the provincial Party committee and government, as well as the leadership of municipal Party committee and municipal government of the provincial capital city observed the meeting. The leading officials of the Party committees and governments of other prefectural cities (counties directly under the provincial government), as well as the persons-in-charge of relevant departments observed the meeting via video teleconference.
The third Central Government Environmental Inspection Team is scheduled to be stationed in Liaoning for about one month from Apr. 25 to May 25. The telephone is 024-22722513. The postal address is Mailbox #6002, Shenyang Municipality. The inspection team will take phone calls between 08:00 and 20:00. According to the requirements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, and the terms of reference of the inspection team, the team will accept and process complaints by letter and by telephone in respect of environmental protection in Liaoning. Other problems falling out of the purview of the team will be transferred to the regions, organizations and departments concerned.
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