The 2017 New Year’s greeting party for retired cadres is held by MEP in Beijing today. Secretary of the Leading Party Group and Minister Chen Jining sends New Spring regards and blessings to the cadres and comrades retired from the Ministry’s internal departments and affiliated institutions, on behalf of the Leading Party Group and the Ministry’s leadership. （Photo by Deng Jia, CENEWS）
Chinese report by Wang Kunting, CENEWS
BEIJING, Jan. 12-The 2017 New Year’s greeting party for retired cadres was held by MEP in Beijing today. Secretary of the Leading Party Group and Minister Chen Jining sent New Spring regards and blessings to the cadres and comrades retired from the Ministry’s internal departments and affiliated institutions, on behalf of the Leading Party Group and the Ministry’s leadership.
Chen gave the participating senior cadres and comrades a brief introduction to the environmental protection circumstances in China and the plans for now and for a period of time to come. The year 2016 marked an active progress in the environmental protection front, he said. Specifically, the State Council announced and implemented the 13th Five-Year Plan for National Eco-environmental Conservation and the Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Soil Pollution. We firmly established the new development concepts, took all factors into consideration while addressing the relation between development and protection, centered on the improvement of environmental quality, and resolutely treated the air, water, and soil pollution. We moved forward with major reforms on the following respects, which is, the central environmental inspections, the vertical management system for the environmental monitoring, inspection and enforcement in environmental protection branches below provincial level, the pollution permitting system for control of pollutants, and the centralization of nationwide environmental quality monitoring powers, and continued to make greater efforts in environmental law enforcement. As a result, the total load of the main pollutants was on a downward trend and the environmental quality continued to improve.
Chen said that those achievements were made building on the efforts of the retired comrades, condensed the labor and wisdom of us all, and could not have been possible without our concerted care and support. We presented long-term service medallions, the first of its kind, to 13,780 employees across the national environmental protection branches in 2016. Senior cadres are the invaluable treasure of our Party and State, and it has always been a good tradition of our Party to show respect and care for the senior cadres and value their endeavors. All units, Party organizations and leaderships will put the work related to the senior cadres to an important agenda and earnestly enhance the leadership and guidance. On the occasion of the upcoming 19th National Congress of the Party, we will, set course on the theme identified by the CPC Central Committee, and guide the senior cadres to remain committed to our mission and continue to forge ahead, send positive messages and give out more positive energy, so as to create good atmosphere for the opening of the 19th National Congress. We will do well in offering services and supports to the senior cadres, cherish a grateful heart and the love of younger generations, try to do practical and good deeds for them especially help and support those with special difficulties, and be able to have someone in charge of the senior cadres’ matters and provide funding sources and services, so that they will have a feeling of honor in political sense, a sense of belonging to the Party organizations, and a sense of happiness in life.
The greeting party was warm, amicable, and full of joy and peace. The senior cadres gave splendid art performances which gained rounds of applauds.
The greeting party was moderated by Vice Minister Zhai Qing. Leader of the Permanent Discipline Inspection Team Zhou Ying was also presented.
The senior cadres and comrades retired from the internal departments and affiliated institutions of the Ministry as well as the leading officials of relevant internal departments attended the party as well.
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