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China sets plan to increase income of urban, rural residents by 2010
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11:09, April 13, 2009

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The average annual disposable income of urban residents will reach 15,781 yuan (about 2,320 U.S. dollars) or more by the year 2010, said an action plan issued by the Information Office of the State Council on Monday.

The government will continue to steadily raise the incomes of rural and urban residents, especially people with middle- and low-income, and improve the system of subsistence allowances so as to ensure the right of urban and rural residents to a basic standard of living, said the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010).

Rural residents will see their net annual income increase by 6 percent every year from the 4,761 yuan (about 700 U.S. dollars) in 2008, according to the plan.

The government will intensify efforts in poverty-alleviation work so as to smoothly solve the food and clothing problems of the target population as soon as possible, gradually raise their incomes, and help them shed poverty and make good, and will provide pre-employment training for one million impoverished laborers and practical skill training for 10 million laborers every year, according to the plan.

The government will improve the living conditions of urban families with middle- and low-incomes by building more commercial and affordable housing, and improve the low-rent housing program and accelerating the pace to solve the housing problems of the urban poor, said the plan.


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