Secretaries of “party cells”, the basic units of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, were urged by the state to lend a helping hand in eradicating anti-socialist and non-socialist practices, according to a report by a state-run media on Wednesday.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un mentioned the “shortcomings” in the “party cells” task as he delivered his opening message on Tuesday at the conference of cell secretaries, said the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).
Party cells are made up of five to 30 members and are considered as the grassroots units of the Workers’ Party.
Jo Yong-won specified the shortcoming of the secretaries who “stopped short of intensively struggling”at odds with anti-socialist and non-socialist practices.
Jo was believed to have been promoted to the No. 3 post during the rare party congress conducted earlier this year.
“He continued that the Party cells should be the first movers in actively sweeping away anti- and non-socialist practices and launch an intensive drive for establishing moral discipline,” Jo said.
Kim also did not miss to mention that the cells and the secretaries are responsible for the achievement in the implementation of the decisions conceptualized during the January’s congress.
“Really heavy are the duties you have assumed in this pivotal period, an important phase in the strengthening of our Party and the development of our revolution,” he said.
Recently, the country has secured its grip on the ideological aspect of its people.
Last year, it reestablished a legislation that fortified its punishment for those who will be caught possessing media content from South Korea.
This move formed part of its thrust to stop the surge of culture from outside its borders which can probably affect the ideology of its people.
The conference of the secretaries followed that push of the North to gather support for its targets decided during the January’s rare party congress.
During the congress, Kim owned up to the failure of the country’s previous economic goals as he introduced a new development plan.
The country has also made changes on the party rules, specifically on deciding to hold the congress every five years. The same will also be implemented at the conferences of the cell secretaries, as well as on smallest-unit party secretaries.
The recent cell secretaries conference marked the third time since Kim led the regime and replaced his father Kim Jong-il, who died in 2011.