Chongqing- Chongqing has fully completed the relocation of 64,800 households and 252,000 people in poverty, according to a press conference on poverty-alleviation relocation during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020) held on December 22nd.
Mi Benjia, Deputy Director of the Chongqing Development and Reform Commission, said that Chongqing has formed an effective approach in promoting relocation programs for poverty-alleviation purposes.
Relevant residents have been encouraged and guided to choose their desirable resettlement methods.
Statistics show that a total of 253 centralized resettlement sites of six households and above were built, and more than 4,100 households of 15,000 people were resettled. Among them, the largest centralized resettlement site in Qianjiang District is home to 413 households with 1531 residents.
In addition, approximately three billion yuan (about 460 million U.S dollars) of subsidies for people-to-household construction have been implemented. The per capita direct subsidy is not less than 10,000 yuan, to effectively solve the needs of relocated people in poverty regarding the housing fund.
“We must ensure that the relocated people can stay in quality houses with a decent environment condition, making them feel comfortable living in a new place,” Mi said.
In particular, this involves promoting the construction of relocated housing following local conditions, strengthening the supervision of housing engineering quality and safety, and improving the infrastructures of water, electricity, roads, and communications in the relocation and resettlement of area. This is also to ensure full coverage of drinking water, electricity, and networks can be applied for all relocated households.
Furthermore, the construction of public service facilities related to education, health, and culture has been stepped up to improve the relocated people’s conditions significantly. This includes going to school, working, seeking medical treatment, traveling, and enjoying community services.
“Efforts will be made to ensure the relocated population becomes stable and out of poverty,” said Mi.
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