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Gov’t plans to raise price ceiling for agricultural and fishery gifts

Gov’t plans to raise price ceiling for agricultural and fishery gifts


Korea’s Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission
held a closed door meeting on the anti-graft law that took effect last year. It limits the amount of gifts and free meals
that people working in certain sectors can accept. According to our Ji Myung-kil there were some
areas that might need changes. Korea’s Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission
has proposed to double the price ceiling of agricultural and fishery gifts to one-hundred-thousand
won, or roughly 92 U.S. dollars. They will also decide whether to include processed
foods containing agricultural and marine products as gifts. The civil rights panel had previously considered
excluding agricultural and fishery goods from being counted as gifts,… amid worries from
farmers and fishermen that strict application of the rules could have an adverse impact
on their industries. The anti-graft law… also known as the Kim
Young-ran law,… after the former Supreme Court Justice who first drafted it,… bars
civil servants, journalists and teachers, as well as their spouses, from accepting meals
worth more than 30-thousand won, or 27 dollars, and gifts worth more than 50-thousand won,
or 46 dollars. According to a September survey on the anti-graft
law by the Korea Institute of Public Administration… over 60-percent of the general public and
government officials thought the price ceiling of 50-thousand won for gifts was reasonable…
while journalists, farmers and fishermen said the price ceiling was too low. The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission
plans to announce the results of the revision this Wednesday. Since August, the Korean government has been
assessing the anti-graft law as it has been in effect for more than a year. Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.

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