The fifth Central Environmental Protection Inspection Team stationed in Sichuan 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 Chengdu on Aug. 7. The Chief Inspector Zhu Zhixin and Deputy Chief Inspector Liu Hua delivered remarks on doing well in the inspection. Secretary of the CPC Sichuan provincial committee Wang Dongming delivered a mobilization speech. The meeting was chaired by Yin Li, Governor of the provincial government.
Zhu Zhixin 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 required adhering to the problem-oriented principle, and putting great efforts in revealing problems. In December 2016, Xi made another important instruction on intensifying the environmental inspection. Especially since the start of 2017, Xi has made multiple instructions on the central inspection, and required making greater efforts in the inspection, urging the local Party committees and governments to take environmental protection responsibilities, and gaining the people’s trust with tangible effects.
Zhu Zhixin stressed that the inspection team has come to Sichuan to lay emphasis on checking 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 Sichuan 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 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, Wang Dongming said the central inspection team has come to Sichuan to launch a comprehensive inspection on our efforts in practicing the green development concept, promoting ecological progress, and protecting the environment, which fully reflected the great attention paid by the central authorities on the ecological progress and environmental protection in Sichuan. The government departments at all levels of Sichuan should resolutely implement the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping and the decisions and arrangements of the central authorities, be self-conscious to subject to the central inspection, and give unreserved supports. We should take a serious attitude to rectify the environmental problems and make well-thought plans to raise our awareness on new development concepts, improve our measures on promoting green development and build a beautiful Sichuan, make great efforts to implement the decisions of the central authorities and the provincial Party committee, and further promote the ecological progress in order to build a beautiful, prosperous, and harmonious homeland.
At the meeting, Liu Hua proposed requirements for cooperating 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 other members of the leaderships of the provincial Party committee and provincial government attended the meeting. Heads of the provincial people’s congress and provincial political advisory committee, Chief Judge of the provincial court and Acting Chief Procurator of the provincial procuratorate, heads of the relevant departments under the provincial Party committee and government, as well as the leaderships of Chengdu municipal Party committee and municipal government observed the meeting. The heads of the people’s congresses, advisory bodies, Party committees and governments, chief judges and chief procurators, as well as the heads of relevant departments of other prefectural cities and counties observed the meeting via video conference system.
The fifth Central Environmental Protection Inspection Team is scheduled to stay in Sichuan for about one month from Aug. 7 to Sep. 7. The contact number is 028-87306866. The postal address is Mailbox #85, Chengdu 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 Sichuan. Other problems falling out of the purview of the team will be transferred to the regions, organizations and departments concerned.