China increases poverty-alleviation budget by 43.4pc

Beijing—China increased its poverty alleviation budget by 43.4 percent this year, lifting at least 10 million people out of poverty by the year end.
The central government aims to lift 55 million rural people out of poverty in the coming five years, in order to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society by 2020, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in his work report presented to National Peoples Congress.
The leadership have promised “not to leave a single family” behind.
In November, 22 heads of provinces, autonomous regions and cities from central and western China signed a “responsibility agreement” with the central government, agreeing to be evaluated.
Legislators attending the two sessions have also voiced their commitment to the campaign.
China has lifted 700 million people out of poverty over the past four decades. A total of 95.5 million rural people overcame poverty from 2011 to 2014, according to official data.
The draft of the 13th Five-Year Plan, which marks priorities for national development from 2016 to 2020, proposes support for poor villages to develop their own featured products and services.
In the draft, e-commerce was highlighted as a key tool to enable villagers to sell their wares; photovoltaic technology to boost infrastructure construction; and rural tourism to attract more visitors.
“Multiple measures concerning migration, training, education, environmental protection and subsistence security have been implemented. The Chinese leadership is confident that the scheduled poverty reduction goals will be achieved by 2020.—INP

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