Chengdu to build urban-rural household registration system by 2012

15:09, November 18, 2010      

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Chengdu will build a unified hukou, which is Chinese for household registration, system that no longer categorizes residents into rural and non-rural residents by the end of 2012, so all residents of the city can move freely and have equal access to basic public services and social welfare, the city government's information office announced on Nov. 16.

The hukou system reform will let farmers move into cities honorably and will not deprive farmers of their rights and interests, officials said.

Qin Daihong, deputy head of the Chengdu Rural and Urban Development Coordination Committee, said that in order to prevent farmers' interests from being damaged by changes of places of residence or occupations, the city has made specific provisions that allow farmers to live and work in cities as well as be covered by social security without losing their contracted farmlands. Even if they continue to live in the countryside, they will still enjoy the same basic public services and social welfare as urban residents.

By the end of 2012, Chengdu will build an ID number-based residents information management system covering almost all aspects of life, including the place of residence, marriage status, occupation, tax payment and social security.

Urban and rural households will be registered in accordance with their legal permanent residence, and their hukou will change as the residence changes. Registered residents from outside the city will also receive the same treatment as native residents.

Furthermore, the social security coverage will be extended to all non-urban workers by the end of 2010. The city will also build an urban-rural unified employment status management system, employment assistance system and housing security system that will help solve residents' housing problems through low-rent housing, affordable housing, government-subsidized housing and rent allowances.

As a pilot area for the comprehensive supplementary reforms for the coordinated development of urban and rural areas, Chengdu has been making great efforts to promote the integration of urban and rural social and economic development since 2003 and has conducted major hukou policy adjustments four times. Now, the city's urban and rural residents almost enjoy the same level of public services.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:王千原雪)

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