China's Health Minister Chenzhu expressed in the International Symposium on Chinese Rural Primary Health Care Development that 720 million people in 2,429 counties were included in the pilot project of new-type rural Cooperative Medical Service by the end of June, 2007, accounting for 85% of the total number national wide. The Symposium was jointly held by China's Ministry of Health and WHO. Over 150 representatives from 12 countries and 6 international organizations attended the meeting.
The Legislative Affairs Office of China's State Council has given the public ten days to make submissions on its draft regulations on paid vacation. According to the draft released Monday, all employees of government organs, civil organizations, enterprises, and public-service institutions are entitled to take paid vacation after serving the same employer for one year. Employees who have worked from one to ten years would have five days paid vacation; those who have worked for ten to 20 years would have ten days; and those with more than 20 years 15 days. Legal holidays and weekends will not be included as paid vacation. The draft stipulates that "employees should enjoy their full daily salary and welfare during the vacation just as when they are working". The draft was issued in accordance with the Labor Contract Law and the Law on Civil Servants, says the draft regulations.
According to Zhang Mingliang, director of the Department of Social Welfare and Social Affairs under China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Chinese government plans to build 83 new orphanages in 2008, as part of the effort to improve child welfare infrastructure. The State Development and Reform Commission plans to allocate 130 million yuan (17 million US dollars) for the construction, while the Ministry of Civil Affairs will use 200 million yuan (26 million US dollars) from the income of the Welfare Lottery. Efforts would also focus on improving the facilities and functions of orphanages, so as to provide orphans with fostering, medical care, special education, rehabilitation, and vocational training, said Zhang.
China's Ministry of Labor and Social Security released Provisions on Employment Service and Management, which included nine chapters and 77 articles, further detailed and perfected relevant system of employment service, management and assistance.
A three-day National Training and Employment System Working Conference was held in Haikou, Hainan Province, which deployed the employment goals and tasks of the governments for the next year. According to Chinese Vice-Minister of Labor and Social Security Zhang Xiaojian, departments of Labor and Social Security would solve reemployment of employees laid off because of enterprises' bankruptcy and from state-owned enterprises, as well as employment of college graduates and new generation farmer workers.
During his visit to some needy citizens in Dongcheng District of Beijing today, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said his government would take measures to ensure sufficient supply and stabilize prices. To prop up people's incomes, Wen called on employers in the country to offer higher salaries and to strictly abide by the rules on minimum wages. To prevent prices from rising drastically, the government was trying to ensure adequate supply by giving support to the pig-raising, cooking oil and dairy industries and encouraging imports, said Wen. It was also cracking down on activities that attempted to force up prices far beyond real values, said Wen.
Chinese Insurance Regulatory Commission released Administrative Measures for the Pension Insurance Business of Insurance Companies, which marked the normalization of pension insurance, an important part of insurance industry, with specialized departmental regulations. This is the first time to bring forward the concept of jurisdiction over rights and interests of pension insurance. The Measures further carried out the spirit of protecting the interests of insurants and beneficiaries. It categorized pension insurance business into individual pension annuity insurance business, group pension annuity insurance business and enterprise pension annuity management business.
The Information Office of the State Council of China on Thursday issued the country's first ever white paper on its political party system, systematically summarizing the political party system with Chinese characteristics. The 15,000-word white paper comprises ten chapters: the preface; An inevitable choice in China's social development; A basic political system for China; Major manifestations of socialist democracy; Political consultation in the multi-party cooperation system; Multi-party cooperation system and building of state power; Multi-party cooperation system and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; Multi-party cooperation system and modernization; conclusion and appendix.
Chinese Vice Minister of Civil Affairs Li Liguo expressed in the National Urban and Rural Medical Assistance Working Conference that China's multi-layered medical assistance system was being gradually established and perfected. Adjusting to local conditions and with a view to the poor people, serious disease aid, out-patient aid, quota aid and medical cost reduction and remission formed the multi-facet and multi-layered medical assistance system.
Chinese National Population and Family Planning Commission, united with other 13 departments, released Several Opinions on Strengthening Rural Population and Family Planning Work.
Zhang Xinfeng, Chinese vice minister of public security, said today at the meeting of the Central Committee for Comprehensive Management of Public Security that a soon-to-be-released document for local governments would help 140 million migrant people get access to better housing, medical services and education for their children. "All local governments should incorporate the document's new measures for the migrant population into their economic and social development plans," he said. Under the new measures, governments will: Be responsible for educating the children of migrant workers in their adopted homes. Build dorms for migrant workers to improve their living conditions.
Encourage migrant workers to obtain insurance cover for work and basic medical care. Provide them with the same free services available to the registered population in areas such as infectious disease prevention and treatment, children's vaccination and maternity care. Gradually commit to giving migrant workers in stable employment the opportunity for permanent residency status.
Fan Xiaojian, deputy chief of the State Council Leading Group of Poverty Alleviation and Development, said at a symposium on the situations and policies of poverty alleviation that a "grand pattern of poverty alleviation" had gradually emerged in China and brought far-reaching influence to China's development of poverty alleviation.
Addressing some 1,500 delegates at the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Li Baodong, Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Office in Geneva, said the world should seek peace and promote development, as peace and development are still the main themes in the world today. China made proposals to the international community about how to deal with humanitarian challenges caused by armed conflicts, terrorism, transnational crimes, epidemics, lack of natural resources and climate change. Concerning development of international humanitarianism, Li presented four opinions: to seek peace and promote development, to seek unity and strengthen cooperation, to adhere to principles and emphasize spreading of international humanitarian law and to put emphasis on mechanism and action.
According to Basic Situation of China's Social Insurance in Recent Years released by China's Ministry of Labor and Social Security, 187.66 million people were covered by basic endowment insurance system by the end of 2006, and covering percentage of urban enterprise basic endowment insurance system was 76%, which had expanded from employees of enterprises to self employed and other flexible employees.