Central gov't departments publish expenditure details

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Several Chinese central government departments on Thursday published details on its expenditures in 2011, marking the beginning of a new round of such disclosures for central government departments.

The China Earthquake Administration, which was the first to release such figures, spent nearly 6.4 million yuan (1.01 million U.S. dollars) on overseas travel, 35.6 million yuan on vehicles and 14 million yuan on official receptions, according to a report on the administration's website.

Combined spending on overseas travel, vehicles and receptions was 56 million yuan, less than the 57.7 million yuan budgeted for the expenses.

The administration discarded 23 vehicles last year and bought 12 new ones at a cost of 2.95 million yuan. The administration's 47 departments kept a total of 1,082 public vehicles, with operating costs totaling 32.68 million yuan.

The administration also paid for 425 overseas trips last year.

According to figures made public the same day, the Ministry of Supervision spent 3.86 million yuan on overseas travel, 3.46 million yuan on vehicles and nearly 2.75 million yuan on official receptions.

The total budget for expenses was 12.54 million yuan for 2011.

In addition, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security also released its figures, putting the total expenses of overseas travel, vehicles and receptions at 19.08 million yuan, accounting for 90.86 percent of the ministry's budget for such expenses.

Apart from offering the overall figures on the expenses, these government agencies also detailed the number of people and destinations of the overseas trips involved in their report.

Central government departments are scheduled to publish their expenditures for 2011 starting from July 19, said a senior official with the Ministry of Finance.

Government expenditures on overseas travel, vehicles and official receptions have been in the public eye in recent years, as many people believe that government departments spend too frivolously on these items.

More than 90 central government departments publicized their 2010 and 2011 spending on overseas travel, receptions and vehicles after an order issued following an executive meeting of the State Council in May last year.


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