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Luxury government offices spark online outcry

AN audit of government buildings in east China's Zhejiang Province has sparked an online outcry over spacious and luxury offices while many families face housing shortages.

The audit of six cities and 16 counties found most of the offices exceeded the state's rules on size, today's Chongqing Evening News reported.

Government workers in one provincial-level department have offices of an average 220 square meters, the report said.

According to the rules issued earlier this year by the State Development and Reform Commission, offices must be under 54 square meters for ministry-level officials and 6 square meters for ordinary workers.

On one Internet forum, user "Chuimijiankang" said the size of the offices was unreasonable. "Officials have their own housing and such spacious offices while we ordinary people can barely afford an apartment of our own."

"Yang Pengjie" suggested the government cut spending on offices, while "Ma Diming" felt the state government should repossess the offices and lease them to people for housing.


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