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Old ID cards will remain in use after Beijing's district restructuring

07-21-2010 13:56 BJT

Resident identification cards from Xuanwu and Chongwen districts, which are involved in the four district merge, can still be used and won’t be changed in the short-term until new regulations are issued. The public security department says that it won’t burden citizens with more expenses due to the administrative district adjustment even if the documents will need to be changed at some point in the future.

The administrative district adjustment in Beijing is proceeding smoothly, “Chongwen” and “Xuanwu”, which were major districts, will gradually disappear from people’s lives after the four districts complete the merge.

Many citizens worry whether the address on their identification card will be need to be changed, if they will need to get new identity documents, how they will be able to calculate the costs.

Reporters learned from the public security department this morning that relevant population management departments have already discussed and asked for instruction on this practical issue raised by the citizens.

According to the statements by the Beijing government on the administrative district adjustment, the public security department has just begun the adjustment; in the meantime it is very important to maintain the continuity of work during the district merge transition period. Therefore, the present Population Section of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau is waiting for specific instructions from their superiors.

In the meantime, resident identification cards from Xuanwu and Chongwen district still can be used as normal. In accordance with current regulations, it will cost 40 yuan for people to re-apply for a new resident identification card and 20 yuan for them to get a new card after their current one expires.

Regarding the cost of changing identity documents, the public security department said that the Beijing Government and Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau will make a unified arrangement when needed to assist citizens in acquiring new resident identification cards in the future, in addition they will remain concerned with the interests of the people and won’t add expenses en masse or cause citizens any major inconvenience as a result of the administrative district adjustments.

In terms of how the city’s administrative district adjustment will be arranged, relevant departments from the original Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen and Xuanwu districts will work as usual, keeping the same functions, office locations and hours. The streets in the four original districts will stay the same and no naming adjustments will take place. At the same time, residents of these districts can go about their business as they always have.

Moreover, the reporter also noticed in the newspaper that the office addresses in the new Xicheng district are planning on being divided into a north district and a south district. The public security department has changed the name of its original Xuanwu branch bureau into the second administrative area of the Xicheng branch bureau over the course of responding to citizens’ questions.

The regulations for replacing a lost resident identification card remain the same as before.

At the primary household certificate handling centre of the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s Xuanwu Branch yesterday, reporters observed that there were only two or three people dealing with identification documents.

Upon inquiry, the officials who deal with the cards say that they haven’t received any new notifications from their superiors. For this reason, regardless of whether it is person who has lost their identification card and needs a replacement or someone who needs a new card because their old one expired, or it is a resident of Xuanwu District who is newly qualified to have an identity card, as usual the address bar on their new identity card will be printed: Xuanwu, Beijing.

Although “Xuanwu” and “Chongwen” will fade into history, the culture still needs to be developed

South Beijing, which includes the old districts of “Xuanwu” and “Chongwen”, is an important place for original Beijing culture, and Beijing residents who live there have a deep emotional connection to “Xuanwu” and “Chongwen”.

As these two names gradually fade out of people’s lives, Ji Lin, deputy mayor of Beijing, recently said that the history of “Chongwen” and “Xuanwu” is much longer than those specific names. The administrative district adjustment doesn’t break those areas’ original historical and cultural veins, and it will not only have negligible influence on the history and culture of the areas known as “Xuanwu” and “Chongwen,” but the adjustment will also protect and develop their history and culture to a high level because of the reasonable allocation of various resources after the adjustment process.

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CNTV.CN

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