January 28, 2013
China party chief sacked for making villagers buy mobile phones to 'raise intelligence'
The party secretary of a village in central China’s Gansu province was dismissed from his position after he had implemented a failed policy that “forced” villagers to buy mobile phones if they wanted to qualify for social relief, state media reported on Monday. South China Morning Post reports.
His initial argument was that owning a mobile phone would “raise their intelligence” and get them out of poverty, but he was later accused of colluding with a county telecoms provider to sell phone cards and mobile phones to villagers, China Network Television (CNTV) reported.
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