Chinese authorities have recovered state funds of 730 million yuan (Rp 1.5 trillion), which were massively corrupted. That much money is part of the poverty reduction program budget in different parts of China.
Reported by the Chinese news agency, Xinhua as reported by Reuters on Saturday (30/12/2017), nearly 450 people have been charged with criminal charges related to misappropriation of the government program's funds. Those involved in mass corruption are from 28 provinces in China.
Xinhua cited the Ministry of Finance and the State Council on the Office for Development and Reduction of Poverty in this report. But no further details about how such a large fund is misappropriated.
The Chinese government has previously pledged to eradicate poverty by 2020. This poverty eradication program is targeting 70 million people who live below the poverty line across China.
But researchers and social workers say the enduring solution to the problem of poverty takes longer.
Xinhua reported that the Chinese government has spent a budget of 196.1 billion yuan (Rp 409.6 trillion) for poverty reduction programs in the past four years. The program involves many infrastructure projects, then subsidies for education as well as health care.
Earlier this month, Chief of the National Audit Office, Hu Zejun, called the Chinese government to punish a total of 970 people who have misappropriated funds from the same program. It is not known, however, whether the figure included 450 people charged with corruption over misappropriation of Rp1.5 trillion.
Added by Hu Zejun that a total of 101,800 people have been excluded from the list of poor citizens registered by the government while 95,000 others added. Those who were expelled were deemed not to be classified as poor.
(nvc / tor)