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Vice-Premier vows better life for rural people

By He Dan and Zhu Zhe (China Daily)

08:01, January 18, 2012

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang enjoys a humorous moment on Monday during a visit to Guyuan, in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region.(China Daily /Su Baowei)

BEIJING - Ma Lingying had never imagined that her modest home in a remote village in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region would ever have such a distinguished guest.

But the surprises did not stop there. The guest, after seeing her badly repaired roof and basic sleeping arrangements, promised her and the villagers a better life.

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang visited the town of Kaicheng in Guyuan city on Monday and Tuesday and told officials to work harder to help the poor.

He urged local governments to speed up the renovation of housing in the countryside, especially in poverty- stricken areas such as Guyuan.

The average annual income of farmers in poorer parts of Guyuan was 3,390 yuan ($537) in 2011, just half of the national per capita rural income of 6,977 yuan, according to official figures.

A meeting held in Beijing in November to map out efforts to alleviate poverty in rural areas over the next decade recommended certain basic requirements for people.

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