China’s central authorities have called for the setting up of supervisory commissions on village affairs, according to a guideline released Monday.
The village affairs supervision committees will help to “overcome unhealthy tendencies, curb corruption, promote harmony and stability and improve governance in villages,” according to the guideline issued by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.
The commissions will be made up of three to five people to specialize in management or accounting. They will be voted in at the village meeting or villagers’ assembly.
The commissions will be responsible for supervising village affairs and financial management, as well consulting village opinion for suggestions.
The commission will ensure decision making processes are in accordance with standard procedures, and ensure full disclosure in village affairs.
Supervision must also be strengthened on village construction projects, and agriculture and poverty alleviation funds, the guideline said.