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Chinese vice premier urges subsistence allowance improvements

(Xinhua)

09:33, September 28, 2012

BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu on Thursday called for improved management and supervision of the country's subsistence allowance work.

Local authorities should carry out their work in a fair, continuous and efficient way, Hui said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen regulation and improve transparency.

During a video conference, Hui said that 75 million urbanites and rural people in the country were eligible for a subsistence allowance.

He said in the past five years, the nation invested 415.1 billion yuan (about 65.8 billion U.S. dollars) to fund the system. This helped the standards for urbanites and rural people to increase by 58 percent and 105 percent respectively.

Hui stressed that the standard of the allowance should be reasonably defined so people in need could benefit from the payment, which is limited.

Additionally, Hui said efforts should be made to regulate the services of application, examination and approval to improve the management of the system. Most viewed commentaries

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