President Xi at the helm, China punishes over 8,000 people for corruption

In his 19th party congress speech, Xi had pledged fighting corruption as one of the top agendas of his new regime. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Beijing, China Dec 23, 2017, 08.37 AM (IST)

China's Xinhua state news agency said over 8,000 people were punished across the country after the government's budget last year revealed several fraud cases.

President Xi who recently received another five-year term in office has made fighting corruption as a key initiative of this government. In his 19th party congress speech, Xi had pledged fighting corruption as one of the top agendas of his new regime.

A report claimed that over around 1.5 million Chinese government officials were investigated on graft allegation. The Communist Pary of China(CPC) has over 90 million active members.

Last year, China had raised the death sentence level in graft cases to 3 million yuan while unveiling new judicial guidelines. Earlier, the threshold limit was 100,000 yuan.

In 2015, China's ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang was sentenced to life on charges of taking bribes and abuse of power.

Hu Zejun, head of the National Audit Office said 970 were punished for misusing funds earmarked for a poverty relief campaign and another 1,363 were charged for fund "irregularities". 

Hu added that about 48 billion yuan ($7.30 billion) of funds earmarked for affordable housing projects had been left unused for more than year while another 1.37 billion yuan of misused funds were recovered.

The unused affordable housing funds had since been put to use, the official informed.