Jilin concentrates on solving social concerns

08:50, April 16, 2010      

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In a bid to raise living standards in the province, the CPC Jilin Provincial Committee has concentrated on improving areas that are most important to people such as employment, schooling, housing, healthcare and social security.

Since 2007 the government has implemented a program, which highlights the top eight most pressing livelihood issues each year.

The resulting "Eight Issues" section in the Provincial Government Work Report each year serves as a way to monitor the changes in social concerns, and a guide for the local authority.

"By comparing the different issues every year, you can see the changes in people's lives," said a member of the Committee of the People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of Jilin province.

Sun Zhengcai, secretary of the CPC Jilin Provincial Committee, said that problems related to people's vital interests must be addressed.

"Everyone should benefit from the fruits of reform and development in Jilin," said Sun, China's youngest provincial Party chief. "We will improve living standards, guarantee economic development, and safeguard people's security."

Sun added that local Party committees and governments must play an active role in maintaining social stability, by looking at the root causes of social problems, and ensuring people's health and safety.

With concentrated effort on each year's eight issues, many problems that have long disturbed people are now being eased.

For example, the quality of drinking water used to be a significant problem. There were high levels of fluorine and arsenic in water used by 1.2 million people, and some water was too salty. The government has successfully tackled some of these problems, and continues working to make sure water is safe and in sufficient supply.

Jilin has also established standards and a monitoring system to ensure that the eight issues are being dealt with. Deputies to the People's Congress, members of the CPPCC, journalists and residents are invited to the Office of Evaluation Committee at the end of the year to take part in discussions to evaluate progress.

Source: China Daily

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