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April 28,2015   By:Chinahumanrights.org

Oct. 8, 2013

The Chinese government on Oct. 8, 2013 vowed to strengthen management of public funds used to ensure people's livelihood, such as poverty-relief funds.

Poverty-relief funds have long been a safety net for the poor and a catalyst for poverty reduction in China, according to a statement released after a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

Recent audits have found that some localities falsified eligibility information to claim the funds, embezzled the funds, failed to channel the funds to needy places, and executed weak supervision over the use of the funds, according to the statement.

Oct. 9, 2013

Top Chinese leaders have urged improving the working and living conditions in rural areas, citing successes in the eastern province of Zhejiang over the past decade.

Hailing achievements in improving the rural environment in Zhejiang, President Xi Jinping has called for spreading the province's experience nationwide.

Zhejiang, located on China's eastern coast, launched a project in 2003 to renovate houses and living facilities in the countryside, improve rural design and planning, and enhance the rural ecological and human environment.

Xi noted that governments in other areas should tailor measures to cater to their own circumstances rather than simply duplicating Zhejiang's approach.

Premier Li Keqiang has also urged local authorities to show respect for farmers' wishes and carry on traditional culture when devising measures or policies.

China's hundreds of millions of rural citizens expect better living conditions, Li said.

Vice Premier Wang Yang said that efforts should be focused on the disposal of waste and sewage and the building of infrastructure in the countryside.

Financial support will be increased for safeguarding rural residents' security of housing and transportation as well as drinking water safety.

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