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China's premier ridicules country's bureaucratic red tape

Taipei, May 6 (CNA) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday harshly criticized the procedures for obtaining certain documents in his country, ridiculing situations in which a citizen, for example, is asked to prove that "your mother is your mother." Li questioned why the government has set up so many barriers for ordinary citizens seeking to obtain certificates, in particular travel documents. For example, a citizen who was applying for an overseas travel permit listed his mother's name as an emergency contact on the application form but was asked to prove that the person whose name was entered was really his mother, Li said, citing a media report. "This is a big joke," the premier said. "Why should he have to show proof?" Li said, adding that such bureaucratic red tape was causing problems everywhere. For example, when a grassroots employee in Hainan Province was notified that he was nominated for a model worker award, he was asked to submit a form on which eight government agencies have to put their official stamps so he will be eligible for the award, Li said. The government made the procedure so complicated that it almost killed the worker's enthusiasm for the award, the premier said, noting the problem was only solved when the provincial governor gave a "special green light" to the nominee. He said a Taiwanese business had also complained that it is useless to seek help from any government agency in China to protect intellectual property rights. By making the administrative procedures in some agencies so cumbersome and time-consuming, the government is failing in its duties, Li said. He said the government should work to streamline administrative processes and delegate more tasks to local authorities to improve efficiency, Li added. (By Evelyn Kao)

Updated : 2021-09-17 13:13 GMT+08:00