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Li: People's livelihood top priority (2)

By Shao Wei in Shanghai and Tong Hao in Beijing (China Daily)

08:18, May 31, 2012

Meanwhile, the expenditures on people's livelihood in Xinjiang took up 74 percent of the local government's general budget in 2011. A total of 80 key projects on improving people's well-being, including low-income housing, a herdsmen relocation and settlement program, and employment projects, were completed at the end of the year, according to a report by, a website run by Xinhua News Agency.

In addition, more than 5,600 scientists, technicians, teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs and government officials have entered Xinjiang to help local development, according to another report by on Wednesday.

Alim Shek, a 19-year-old Xinjiang native who lived as a vagrant in Chengdu, Sichuan province, for almost four years, is now studying cooking skills at a vocational school in Kashgar run by professionals from Shenzhen.

Shek said he is "very satisfied" with his current studies in his hometown and is willing to find a "decent job" after his graduation.

"I've learned the government has paid more attention to our Xinjiang locals. Lots of teachers and experts have come here from the developed cities to help us. I feel confident that I will have a better and happy life," he said.

Cao Suzhen, a gynecologist from a maternity and childcare hospital in Taizhou, Jiangsu province, arrived in Xinjiang's Zhaosu county in December 2010.

"I've been ‘the badly needed person' for local farmers and herdsmen. Sometimes I have five surgeries a day. With our help, the locals now can see doctors easier despite the poor traffic and medical conditions," Cao said.

"The medical conditions have been greatly improved. We trust these doctors like Cao. They have changed our lives," said Shen Yuzhen, a local farmer.

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