Medical Security Measures for Special-Care Receivers, promulgated by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security and the Ministry of Health, would come into effect on Aug.1, 2007.
A State Council routine meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao discussed and approved in principle the Opinions of the State Council on Solving Housing Difficulties for Urban Low-Income Families. Relevant policies on adjustment of basic pensions for corporate retirees were also discussed.
The Ministry of Education launched the "Plan of Supporting the Training of Xinjiang Primary and Middle School Teachers", which was one of the three major plans of the Ministry of Education to train teachers in western and minority areas during this summer vacation. More than 1,000 core teachers in Xinjiang would attend this 10-day state-level training.
The State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) held a regular press conference this morning. According to Yan Jiangying, the spokeswoman of the SFDA, the Administration had begun to research and implement a "Project of Building Infrastructure of Food and Drug Supervision System". China will invest 8.8 billion yuan (around 1.2 billion U.S. dollars) to this project, of which, 6.3 billion will come from the central government and the rest from the local government.
China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) held a forum on launching a judicial assistance program for the courts of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Jiang Xingchang, vice president of the SPC, said Xinjiang faced a more complicated situation than other areas. The SPC agreed to launch an assistance program, in which judges from other provinces will be dispatched to Xinjiang, and judiciary staff from Xinjiang Courts will go to other provinces for training. More funds and judicial facilities will be given to the courts of Xinjiang, so as to improve local courts' capacity and maintain sustainable economic and social development.
Hu Xiaoyi, vice minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security released that more than 26 million migrant workers had been covered by the health insurance for special and severe illness. And according to this year's plan, the number will exceed 30 million.