Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao presided over an executive meeting
of the State Council Wednesday, which passed in principle a
resolution on the issue of energy saving and approved punitive
measures in handling a major fake drug case and a deadly coal mine
The resolution, entitled "State Council Resolution on Stepping
up the Work of Energy Saving", highlights the importance of saving
energy for China, a country with the world's largest population and
with a shortage in energy resources.
The meeting called for redoubled efforts to build up an
energy-efficient industrial system, do a good job in major
energy-consuming industries, improve energy-saving technology,
tighten control in energy consumption, build a mechanism to ensure
energy-saving implementation and enhance the awareness of the
public on energy-saving.
Regarding the two deadly industrial cases that have drawn
nationwide concerns, the participants approved the punishments
against the concerned parties.
The license of the Qiqihar No. 2 Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. in
northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, has been revoked for its
involvement in a fake drug case which claimed 11 lives. The
authorities have decided to give Party disciplinary and
administrative penalties to 11 people and transfer 10 others to
judicial organs for their involvement in the case.
The meeting also approved to give Party and administrative
punishments to 33 people and transfer 11 of them to judicial
departments, holding them responsible for a tragic coal mine
explosion in Heilongjiang that killed 171 people and injured 48
others on Nov. 27, 2005.
The meeting urged local authorities to take lessons from these
deadly accidents and exert greater efforts to ensure people's
(Xinhua News Agency July 20, 2006)