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China starts nutrition program for poor students

(Guangming Daily)

16:53, November 02, 2011

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.1 (People's Daily Online) --The State Council recently decided to start a student nutrition improvement program in rural compulsory education. According to the program, the diets of 26 million school students will be improved. The State Treasury of China will cover the cost of more than 16 billion yuan every year for the implementation of this program.

With the 1-yuan increase of daily living allowance for the boarding students with family financial difficulties, the allowance for primary school students will reach 4 yuan a day, while it will hit 5 yuan for junior middle school students.

The Chinese central government requires local authorities to strengthen students' canteen management, make strict the access to food supply as well as ensure food safety.

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