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Rural disabled people to enjoy full social security coverage by 2015: authorities

(Xinhua)

08:52, January 20, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Disabled people in China's rural areas will enjoy full coverage by all the country's social security systems by 2015, the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) said on Thursday.

According to the CDPF-published Outline for Poverty Relief and Development for Disabled Persons in Rural Area (2011-2020), those social security systems include the minimum living security system, new cooperative health care system, and the new rural social pension insurance system.

The outline said that the household incomes of 10 million disabled people in rural area will be improved by 2015 due to the government support, and community rehabilitation service will be provided around the country.

In the meantime, compulsory education will be fully promoted among disabled children in the countryside by 2015, with the aim of getting at least 90 percent of them enrolled by then.

The government will also provide applied technology training to a total of one million rural disabled people by 2015, in a bid to give them skills to earn a living, the outline said.

It also set a long-term target for 2020, when the country's disabled population could expect all-round equal access to basic health care, education, public housing as well as rehabilitation services, with their family income reaching the local average level.

The outline calls for expanded coverage of government support in related poverty reduction loans, enhanced social security and relief services, favorable policies and more jobs suitable for disabled people.

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