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Premier urges to improve livelihoods of rural, urban dwellers


10:23, January 24, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R, front) talks to the residents during a Spring Festival gathering in Donghu residential community of Qingyang City in northwest China's Gansu Province, Jan. 21, 2012. Premier Wen Jiabao paid a visit to Qingyang on Jan. 21 and 22, extending the lunar New Year's greetings to the people there.(Xinhua Photo)

LANZHOU - Premier Wen Jiabao urged governments at all levels to improve the livelihoods of people residing in rural and urban areas on the eve of Chinese Lunar New Year.

Wen made the remarks during his visit to northwest China's Gansu Province on Saturday and Sunday.

Premier Wen visited a community with more than 1,500 households in the city of Qingyang on Saturday. He encouraged local residents to produce more and better handcrafted sachets with traditional Chinese cultural characteristics.

One of the residents, Ma Fengmei, after losing his job, established a training school that has taught more than 1,000 farmers agricultural skills.

Premier Wen praised Ma's unyielding efforts to make a better living. "I am quite moved by your spirit to establish such a school. Your efforts could prevent more people from becoming unemployed."

Wen said although most people living in Gansu had no problem buying basic necessities, the average income was still comparatively low. The government should improve their livelihoods and increase their income by developing the economy, he added.

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