Three Gorges Probe
December 6, 2001
More than 100 officials involved in the Three Gorges resettlement operation were recently taken on a tour of a local prison to strengthen their resolve to resist corruption – and avoid arrest.
More than 100 officials involved in the Three Gorge dam resettlement operation were sent to prison last month, the Three Gorges Project Daily (Sanxia Gongcheng Bao) reports. The officials were taken on a tour of the Three Gorges Prison to strengthen their resolve to resist corruption, the newspaper said.
The educational field trip, organized by the resettlement bureau of Wanzhou district, Chongqing municipality, included visits with former government officials who are serving time for bribery and embezzlement of resettlement funds.
The officials taken on the Nov. 20 tour were warned to "use power properly" and "not spend a single cent of resettlement money for personal ends or allow it to be wasted." Such actions could undermine the pressing tasks of resettling all migrants under the 135-metre level and cleaning up the bottom of the future reservoir, the newspaper said. The dam reservoir is due to be filled to the 135-metre level in June, 2003.
One after another, the prison tourists expressed their determination to nip harmful tendencies in the bud and "build a great dyke against corruption" in the resettlement operation, the newspaper said.
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