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Fair distribution "lifeblood" of housing program: vice premier

(Xinhua)

08:16, February 08, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang recently pledged to make housing accessible to more mid- and low-income families, saying fairness in the distribution of affordable homes is the "lifeblood" of the housing program.

Chairing a Monday conference themed on the distribution of affordable housing, Li said while ensuring the quantity and quality of the houses, the government should give more emphasis on fair distribution.

"Fair distribution of the houses is the lifeblood for the success and sustainable development of the program," he said, adding the task was an important test for the government's credibility.

At the conference, Li listened to reports from authorities of Liaoning province, Shanghai and Chongqing on their experience in the allocation process. He urged local governments to learn from the well-implemented practices and improve their management.

He also called for supervision from the public and media to make the process more open and transparent.

The government has vowed to build 36 million affordable housing units during the 2011-2015 period in an effort to give more mid- and low-income households access to housing and stabilize runaway property prices, with 10 million units planned for both 2011 and 2012.

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