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Premier Wen urges to further promote social justice

03-14-2012 13:56 BJT Special Report:2012 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said the government will continue to work hard to promote social justice during his last year in office.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks during a press conference after the closing meeting of the Fifth Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 14, 2012. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

Income disparity and judicial injustice have incurred many complaints from the people, Wen told a press conference right after the conclusion of this year's parliamentary session.

"We must continue to press ahead with various jobs to promote the social equity and justice," Wen said.

The government will formulate an overall plan for the reform of income distribution system, and introduce a regulation on the expropriation and compensation of collectively owned rural land, Wen said.

The government will also extend the coverage of old-age pension program to the entire population, and make efforts on poverty elimination, Wen said.

On education, Wen said the government will strive to meet the target of raising government expenditure on education to 4 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).

"We must make every effort to meet this target and ensure that every piece of this spending will be wisely used," Wen said.

"We are determined to accomplish these tasks rather than pass on the problems to the next government," Wen said.

He said the government has done a lot of work over the past nine years for the social equity and justice.

On the legal front, the government has incorporated the requirement on respecting and safeguarding human rights into the Chinese Constitution, the premier said.

The government has also formulated the Property Law to protect the legal property rights of the people, amended the Election Law to ensure equal rights of election of urban and rural residents, and abolished the regulations that restrict the freedom of mobility of rural residents into the cities.

China's urbanization rate has surpassed 50 percent thanks to the abandoning of the restrictions, according to Wen.

In rural areas, the government has abolished the agricultural taxes so as to ease the burdens on Chinese farmers, Wen said.

Also, the government has provided nine-year free compulsory education, and offered free vocational education and subsidy and scholarship for high school students in rural areas, the premier said.

The government also put in place a social security system that includes old-age pension, unemployment insurance and health care program, Wen said.

The health care program has already covered 1.3 billion people, Wen said.

"All these measures are an institutional step of our society toward social justice," Wen said.  

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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