The fourth Central Environmental Protection Inspection Team stationed in Hainan Province a couple of days ago upon the approval of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, in a bid to launch environmental inspection there, as part of the efforts to implement the guidelines of the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping on promoting ecological progress and protecting the environment, and the major decisions and deployments of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. The inspection team held a mobilization meeting in Haikou on Aug. 10. The Chief Inspector Jia Zhibang and Vice Minister Zhao Yingmin delivered remarks on doing well in the inspection. Secretary of the CPC Hainan provincial committee Liu Cigui delivered a mobilization speech. The meeting was chaired by Shen Xiaoming, Governor of the provincial government.
Jia Zhibang pointed out that the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core has taken all factors into consideration while implementing the overall plan for promoting economic, political, social, cultural and ecological progresses and balanced and promoted the “four-pronged comprehensive strategy”; it has put ecological development and environmental protection at a more important, strategic position. The environmental protection inspection is one of the major institutional arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council for promoting ecological progress and protecting the environment. General Secretary Xi Jinping highly valued it and required taking it as a cutting point to promote ecological progress, highlighting the equal responsibility of the Party and the government for environmental protection, and tightening the implementation of “one position with two responsibilities” system. With respect to the pilot inspection in Hebei Province, General Secretary Xi required adhering to the problem-oriented principle, and putting great efforts in revealing problems. In December 2016, Xi made another important instruction on intensifying the environmental inspection. Especially since the start of 2017, Xi has made multiple instructions on the central inspection, and required making greater efforts in the inspection, urging the local Party committees and governments to take environmental protection responsibilities, and gaining the people’s trust with tangible effects.
Jia Zhibang stressed that the inspection team has come to Hainan to lay emphasis on checking whether the provincial Party committee and provincial government have well implemented the national decisions and deployments for environmental protection, solved pressing environmental problems, and taken the main responsibility for protecting the environment in the province. The team will adhere to the problem-oriented principle, monitor closely the pressing environmental problems that have raised high attention of the central authorities, are strongly complained by the public, and have bad social ramifications, as well as how they are settled; inspect the areas and watersheds that have experienced deteriorating environmental quality and how they have been treated; check whether immediate actions have been taken to rectify the living environment problems reported by the people; check if there is any nonfeasance or misconduct by the local Party committee and relevant government departments; and check the performances of local Party committees and governments in sharing the responsibility for protecting the environment, how the “one position with two responsibilities” system has been implemented, and how the liabilities are accounted for. The party committees and governments at all levels in Hainan should work closely around the overall plan for promoting economic, political, social, cultural, and ecological progresses and the “four-pronged comprehensive strategy”, firmly embrace the “four awareness”, implement the new development concepts, and make sure the major decisions and deployments of the central authorities to take root and yield substantial effects.
In response, Liu Cigui said the CPC Central Committee and the State Council highly value the ecological civilization development in Hainan Province. President Xi Jinping has placed high expectations on the ecological progress in Hainan and stressed the importance to cherish and protect the green mountains, waters and blue seas and skies as the greatest local advantages for the island to build an international tourism destination. The Party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels in Hainan should resolutely implement the guidelines of the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping and the decisions and deployments of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, enhance the “four awareness”, firmly establish the new development concepts, have a deep understanding of the political significance of the central environmental protection inspection, accept the inspection more willingly in both theories and actions, and take it a major political responsibility to support the inspection teams. Liu required that the departments at all levels give full support to the inspection team, seek truth from facts, report both the achievements and the problems truthfully, adhere to the problem-oriented principle, treat both the root causes and the symptoms, rectify the current problems and establish long-term mechanism to uplift the ecological conservation level.
At the meeting, Zhao Yingmin proposed requirements for cooperating with the inspection team, overseeing the rectifications, sharing the information, and providing adequate conditions for the inspection. Members of the inspection team, officials concerned with the National Office of Environmental Protection Inspection, and other members of the leaderships of the provincial Party committee and provincial government attended the meeting. Heads of the provincial people’s congress and provincial political advisory committee, Chief Judge of the provincial court and Chief Procurator of the provincial procuratorate, heads of the relevant departments under the provincial Party committee and government, as well as the leaderships of Haikou municipal Party committee and municipal government observed the meeting. The heads of the people’s congresses, advisory bodies, Party committees and governments, chief judges and chief procurators, as well as the heads of relevant departments of other prefectural cities and the counties directly under the provincial government observed the meeting via video conference system.
The fourth Central Environmental Protection Inspection Team is scheduled to stay in Hainan for about one month from Aug. 10 to Sep. 10. The contact number is 0898-65361567. The postal address is Mailbox #405, Haikou Municipality. The inspection team will take phone calls between 08:00 and 20:00. According to the requirements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, and the terms of reference of the inspection team, the team will accept and process complaints by letter and by telephone in respect of environmental protection in Hainan. Other problems falling out of the purview of the team will be transferred to the regions, organizations and departments concerned.