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China officials punished for dozing off at meeting

REUTERS
Published : Feb 11, 2017, 6:45 am IST
Updated : Feb 11, 2017, 6:45 am IST

Pictures of the sleeping officials have received widespread coverage in Chinese media over the past two days.

A file picture shows Chinese officials dozing off at the meeting on how to motivate lazy bureacrats.
 A file picture shows Chinese officials dozing off at the meeting on how to motivate lazy bureacrats.

Beijing: Six officials in central China’s Hubei province have been punished for dozing off in a meeting that was reportedly on ways to motivate lazy bureaucrats, state media and the local government said.

Pictures of the sleeping officials have received widespread coverage in Chinese media over the past two days, amid President Xi Jinping’s sweeping crackdown on corruption, extravagance and dereliction of duty. Mr Jinping has increasingly strengthened his hold over the Communist Party and the country by adopting strict measures concerning officials.

The Communist Party discipline bureau in Hubei’s Xiangyang city on Thursday named the mid-level officials and said they had to write self-criticisms and make public apologies.

The Global Times said on Friday the officials had, ironically, been attending a meeting on how to motivate lazy and sluggish officials.

Tags: president xi jinping, lazy bureaucrats, communist party