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Wine ban plan for government officials

CHINA should ban government officials from drinking wine at lunch on work days, an act that might cut government costs by as much as 100 billion yuan (US$14.62 billion) a year, a political advisor has suggested.

Chen Shiqiang, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and president of Henan Hongchang Group, said he has lobbied 27 CPPCC members to jointly propose the ban to the ongoing 11th National Committee of CPPCC in Beijing, Information Times reported today.

He estimated that a national ban could reduce government costs by as much as 100 billion yuan each year, as governments usually pay for the drinks.

The proposal has sparked controversy online. While many Netizens agreed that a wine-drinking ban would help fight corruption, some were worried officials might shift their wine drinking to suppers which are also funded by governments.

Early in 2007, Xinyang, a city in central China's Henan Province where Chen's group is based, introduced a wine drinking ban for government workers.


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