Guangdong emphasis on gross domestic happiness
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Earlier this year, Guangdong CPC committee and provincial government promised 10 things to do this year to improve the living condition. How are the promises fulfilled now? Yesterday, Tang Hao, the General Secretary and Spokesman of Guangdong Provincial Government, told the press that, the governments had input 83.3 billion RMB in the first four months and the annual input is expected to be multi billion RMB.

The 10 things are interpreted into 45 concrete projects being carried out by 21 provincial departments, which will report the process to the public every three months.

Before Spring Festival this year, Guangdong has distributed 383 million RMB subsidy to those needed both in urban and rural areas. On March 11, the province allocated another 36.3 million RMB to the poor students in provincial-level universities and colleges as food and living subsidy.

Guangdong successfully helped tens of thousands of local residents to shake off poverty in the past two years. In the first four months this year, 1,707 new collective projects were launched, 74,800 residents received vocational trainings and 31,700 new labors were exported. Meanwhile, 66,837 households got access to safe tap water and 2,460 households moved to safe houses.

Lin Guo, Director General of Provincial Poverty Alleviation Office, said, the province will relocate 300,000 residents in 3,000 villages, where both living and development conditions are poor, in the coming five years. This year the relocation involves 8000 households in 500 villages, which will start in June.

From January to April, the employed people increased by 698,000 in number, and 213,000 unemployed people got new jobs, representing 55.8 percent and 35.5 percent of the province’s annual target. In the past four months, 1,627 job fairs were held and 2.56 million jobs were offered. 2.31 million people attended the fair and 320,000 got employed.

211,000 rural labors got vocational trainings and 592,000 farmers turned to be workers so far this year, up 48.6 percent and 22.6 percent year on year. Under the province’s encouragement 33,000 local residents started their business, creating 132,000 jobs.

According to Wei Zhonglin, Vice Director General of Guangdong Education Department, there will be over 600,000 new undergraduates hunting jobs in Guangdong this year, including 390,000 graduated from local universities and colleges. The related departments are now preparing services to them.

The subsidy to poor students will be increased and more schools are to be built. The province had finished the research on compulsory education for migrant workers’ children and a suggestion had been put forwarded.

More education resource will be allocated to underdeveloped areas. At present, 274 kindergartens in these areas have been nominated for Year 2011 Subsidy.

Ge Guoxing, Vice Director General of the Provincial Labor and Social Insurance Department, said the subsidy project are expanded to cover poor students in vocational schools this year, and 6,000 students in these school are expected to be benefited.

Four projects are underway for medical service improvement, including construction of small hospitals and clinics in both urban and rural areas, medicine safety project, rural medical subsidy policy and the implementation of State Council’s urban resident medical subsidy policy.

The endowment system is expected to cover all the rural areas by June next year. And currently, the system serve 93.8 percent of Guangdong residents. All the poor families, with per capita annual income lower than 1,500 RMB, got subsidy.

The disaster prevention projects were underway and the water quality in Foshan, Shenzhen, Maoming has been improved.

Museums, libraries and plazas in rural areas are all admission free. 100 sport facility projects will be funded by the sport lottery.

Public housing project will provide 88,400 apartments this year for local residents. Poor single mothers and their children will be grant priority for moving into these apartments.

More coach stations, coach stops, elders’ house, schools and agricultural demonstration projects will be built to improve the rural areas’ living condition. And the Provincial Water Conservancy Department will finish a water improvement projects by the end of October this years to provide safe eatable water for 3 million rural residents.

(By Wing)

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