Zhejiang releases government transparency index report

Recently, Zhejiang released the “Zhejiang Government Affairs Transparency Index Report (No. 3)”, which analyzed the government affairs transparency index of 135 units from 39 provincial-level departments, 11 districted city governments and 85 county governments.

Among them, the Provincial Health Commission, Hangzhou Municipal Government, and Ningbo Jiangbei District Government took the lead in the provincial departments, district governments, and county governments with scores of 94.83, 91.68, and 93.64, respectively.

This is the third consecutive year that our province has released such a report. The General Office of the Provincial Government invited a third-party professional agency to make the report through data collection and specific analysis. It sets six primary evaluation indicators, including the public participation index, information transparency index, public opinion index, policy publicity index, platform function index, and transparency innovation index. Through online evaluation, it focuses on analyzing the government affairs transparency of various units in the first half of 2021.

On the whole, the overall level of government transparency in the province has continued to improve compared with previous years, and the transparency awareness has gradually increased, with various forms of publicity at high quality. The average score of the 39 provincial departments was 85.05 points, an increase of 6.51 points from last year. That of the 11 districted cities was 84.82 points, an increase of 0.12 points from last year. The 85 county governments scored an average of 81.08 points, an increase of 0.06 points from last year.

However, the report also pointed out deficiencies in the government transparency in some places and fields. For example, the pre-publicity of major administrative decisions needs to be strengthened; the efforts to release various plans are not so strong; there are inadequacies in the publicity and clean-up of administrative normative documents; the maintenance of the publicity platform is yet to improve, the open information is from different sources, and the new government media has the problems of low update frequency, less effective interaction, serious misrepresentation and improper presentation.

The report suggests that some units need to ensure full chain transparency for major administrative decisions. All relevant departments must do a good job in the information classification of the “14th Five-Year” development planning, special planning, spatial planning, and regional planning, and sort out the historical plans of their department. They must establish a module for administrative normative documents, strictly implement the procedures for the formulation, filing and clearing of such documents, and build a unified database across the province as soon as possible. They must conduct a full-life-cycle management of the registration, operation and maintenance, change and cancellation of the new government media account, and make full use of the new government media.