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Subsistence allowance system to be completed in rural areas
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2007-01-20 10:26
The Chinese government will extend its subsistence allowance system for poor rural people across the whole country this year, a meeting of Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) has heard.

Twenty-three provinces have already established the subsistence allowance system in rural areas benefiting 150.9 million people.

The other provinces and autonomous regions, including Yunnan, Guangxi, Qinghai, Ningxia, Hubei, Xinjiang, Guizhou and Tibet, are expected to finish procedures for system, said Vice Minister of Civil Affairs Li Liguo.

In 2006, civil affairs departments gave subsistence allowance valued at 4.16 billion yuan (533 million U.S. dollars) to needy rural people, up 64 percent over 2005, according to MCA figures.

A subsistence allowance system has formed in urban areas at a preliminary stage and government officials at a central agricultural work meeting last December decided to expand the system in rural areas.

Li said a system in rural areas would guarantee needy rural people's rights of survival and satisfy the minimum living requirements.

On Jan. 12, Li said the urban monthly subsistence allowance standard rose from 162 yuan to 169 yuan in 2006, with the central government allocating 13.6 billion yuan (1.7 billion U.S. dollars) and local governments also funding urban minimum living standards.

Li did not mention the specific subsistence allowance standard for rural poor, but said rural and urban standards were different.

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