Most central government departments have met legal requirements on transparency in the past year, but there is still a long way to go, according to a research report released on Friday.
Thirty-eight out of 42 ministerial-level departments under the State Council improved their transparency in 2011, according to an annual report on government transparency, released by the Center for Public Participation Studies and Supports under Peking University.
Forty-two departments scored an average 60.4 points out of 100, up from 51.2 points in 2010 and 46.1 points in 2009.
"The improvement is inseparable with the central government's drive in past years to promote transparency," said Wang Xixin, director of the center and a law professor at the university.
Wang said it is also a result of top-to-bottom government reform and bottom-to-top public supervision.
The Ministry of Transport scored the highest, 77.5 points, followed by the Ministry of Environmental Protection's 75.5 points.
At the bottom of the list are the State Tobacco Monopoly Bureau, 49.5 points; the Ministry of Railways, 47 points; and the Ministry of Supervision, 23 points.
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