China's top prosecutor says more than 44,000 civil servants were charged with corruption last year.
The head of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Cao Jianming, made the report to the National People's Congress on Sunday.
The procurator-general said the number of civil employees who were charged with corruption, including bribery and embezzlement, reached 44,506 in 2011. This is up about 420 from the previous year.
The number included 7 ministerial-level officials.Former railway minister Liu Zhijun, who was in charge of high-speed rail projects, was dismissed last year amid growing criticism of corruption in his ministry. It has absolute power over bidding processes.
In China, the number of civil servants charged with corruption has been over 40,000 for several consecutive years, increasing public frustration toward the government.
It is believed that one-party Communist rule, a lack of an independent judicial body, and ineffective supervising authorities, are behind the rampant corruption among civil servants.
The latest report has dealt a blow to the government of President Hu Jintao who said the eradication of corruption was one of the government's top priorities.