Li Hongwei, a near forty-year-old village official in northwestern China's Qinghai province fortunately become a civil servant in June. He benefited for a new move that saw the province recruit 14 civil servants from grassroots level (including village, county, and neighborhood committee) for the first time.
Li was party branch secretary of Qutan town, Ledu county, Qinghai province but now works for Putai village, Ledu county as a civil servant.
Thanks to Li's years experience as a village official, he quickly gained acquaintance with villagers shortly after his taking office at Putai village and is very popular among them.
"Village officials can better understand the masses and so they can better carry out government's policies", said Wang Yaochun, an official form Organization Department of CPC Qinghai Provincial Committee.
China now has 600,000 village committees and 84,000 neighborhood committees.
Village officials were selected by villagers or residents at a neighborhood committee, so they are not "officials" in the true sense and earn very low salaries. They are still peasants or ordinary people after they fulfill their terms, so many of them lack enthusiasm to serve the people.
But the reform gives them a way to promotion and has aroused their enthusiasm.
"Selecting carders from the grassroots level gives hope to those hard-working grassroots officials and also optimizes the carder structure,” said Li Jun, secretary of CPC Guiyang Municipal Committee.
Recently 47 grassroots officials have been promoted in Guiyang, southwestern China, which not only changed the status of these village officials, but also played a role in improving people's livelihood.
"I have experience working at grassroots level, so I can better understand opinions of the masses and facilitate daily routines," said Li Taizhen, deputy director of a neighborhood committee in Guiyang.
Selecting civil servants at grassroots level has been carried out in Qinghai, Guizhou, and Zhejiang province this year.
In the past, village officials were promoted to cadres only through special promotion, but now they are checked by their exam performance and working achievements.
By People's Daily Online