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Premier Li stresses relocation as key to poverty alleviation

Updated: Aug 23,2016 10:05 PM

On Aug 23, Premier Li Keqiang issued an instruction to a national meeting on poverty alleviation, saying that relocating efforts in impoverished regions is the key to relieving poverty and promoting people’s livelihoods and well-being.

As an important move in fighting poverty, the relocating efforts will move people living in impoverished regions where the natural environment is uninhabitable and social economic conditions are underdeveloped to other places that are more favorable for living and more developed.

In his instruction, the Premier also stressed that efforts should be made to increase the potential of people being relocated to new regions and make effective use of poverty alleviation funds to take targeted measures to help people lift themselves out of poverty.

Presented by Vice-Premier Wang Yang, the national meeting on poverty alleviation was held in Guiyang, Guizhou province, from Aug 22 to 23.

“Further efforts should be made to set clear goals, strict principles, and straightened mechanisms in the key battle over poverty,” Wang emphasized at the meeting.

Wang Yang said that since the conference on poverty alleviation and development was held last year, relocation work has made a good start in every region.

The vice-premier urged reinforcing follow-up policy support, in terms of industrial assistance, labor training and exports, and social security, making sure that relocated households can shake off poverty during the planned period.

In addition, Wang called for further implementing a coordinated work mechanism between governments at all levels, clarifying the procedures in the transfer and use of capital and loan repayments, and simplifying related procedure approvals to ensure the smooth operation of poverty relief projects.

Finally, the vice-premier asked to strengthen the supervision of funds for relocation work, rooting out misconduct that involves misappropriating or intercepting the funds. And he also called on the poor population to increase the capacity to lift themselves out of poverty.