A few days ago, the General Office of the State Council issued the Guiding Opinions on Comprehensively Promoting the Standardization and Publicity of Grass-roots Government Affairs (hereinafter referred to as the Opinions) to make arrangements for comprehensively promoting the standardization and Publicity of grass-roots government affairs.
The Opinion emphasizes that, under the guidance of Xi Jinping's new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, We will fully implement the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress and the Second, Third and Fourth Plenary Sessions of the 19th CPC Central Committee. We will thoroughly implement the relevant decisions and arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council and the regulations on government information disclosure. Adhering to the people-centered development idea, we will strengthen the standardization and publicity of grass-roots government affairs in accordance with the principles of standard guidance, demand guidance, law and regulations, and reform and innovation, providing important support for deepening the reform of "streamline administration, delegate powers and improved regulation and service", optimizing the business environment, and accelerating the construction of a government ruled by law and a service-oriented government. It is clear that by 2023, a unified national standard system for the publicity of grass-roots government affairs will be basically completed, covering the whole process of the operation of the administrative power of grass-roots governments and the whole process of government services. The working mechanism, platform and professional team of grass-roots government affairs publicity will be further improved and perfected.
The "Opinions" put forward eight main tasks to comprehensively promote the standardization and publicity of grass-roots government affairs. First, the grass-roots government should comprehensively sort out and refine the government affairs publicity matters in relevant fields according to the guidelines for the 26 pilot areas formulated by the departments of the State Council, compile and complete the standard catalogue of government affairs publicity matters at the corresponding level before the end of 2020, and implement full disclosure of the government affairs process and results. Second, the departments of the State Council should refer to the pilot practice and combine the main responsibilities of the departments to determine other areas involving grass-roots government affairs publicity, and prepare and complete the standard guidelines for grass-roots government affairs publicity in relevant areas before the end of 2021. Third, grass-roots governments should build a work pattern of government affairs publicity with orderly convergence of release, interpretation and response, and optimize the work processes of government information management, information release, interpretation and response, disclosure upon application, and public participation. Fourth, grass-roots governments should strengthen the standardized construction of open platforms. County-level government portals should centrally publish government information that governments and departments at the corresponding level and villages and towns (streets) should voluntarily disclose, and set up unified interactive exchanges and online service portals. Government service halls and other places should set up government affairs publicity areas. Fifth, grass-roots governments should improve the public participation mechanism in grass-roots administrative decision-making. Sixth, grass-roots governments should promote the openness and standardization of service, make service more transparent, and maximize the benefits of enterprises and the convenience of the people. Seventh, grass-roots governments should improve the working mechanism for policy interpretation and response to concerns. Eighth, grass-roots governments should promote the standardization of grass-roots government affairs to extend to rural areas and communities.
The "Opinions" require that organizational leadership be strengthened to form a joint force to promote the standardization and publicity of grass-roots government affairs. To strengthen the team building, and constantly improve the ability and level of grass-roots government affairs publicity staff. Strengthen supervision and evaluation, and include the promotion of standardization and publicity of grass-roots government affairs in the performance evaluation index system of grass-roots governments.