City lead­ers of­fer New Year greet­ings to the needy

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LI YANG in Shang­hai liyang@chi­

Shang­hai Party chief Han Zheng, Yang Xiong, the city’s mayor, and other city au­thor­i­ties vis­ited res­i­dents living on gov­ern­ment sub­sis­tence al­lowances in 17 coun­ties and dis­tricts of the city this week, of­fer­ing Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year greet­ings to the needy peo­ple.

Yang Xiong vis­ited some sick and laid-off work­ers in their 50s, and some se­nior res­i­dents living on their own in Pudong dis­trict. He said the dis­trict gov­ern­ment should be thought­ful in help­ing needy peo­ple solve their dif­fi­cul­ties.

“The Party and the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials should put the peo­ple’s needs in their hearts, con­stantly im­prove the gov­ern­ment’s so­cial as­sis­tance pro­gram, and mo­bi­lize pri­vate in­vestors to par­tic­i­pate in so­cial wel­fare causes, so as to let the poor peo­ple feel the warmth of so­ci­ety,” said Han.

Han vis­ited a res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity in Yangpu dis­trict, ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the so­cial work­ers, who mainly help peo­ple not yet cov­ered by the gov­ern­ment’s as­sis­tance pro­gram.

“I am happy that I can use my knowl­edge in so­cial work to help oth­ers,” Wu Liu, a col­lege stu­dent in his 20s and a vol­un­teer so­cial worker in the com­mu­nity, told Han. “China needs more so­cial work­ers.”

“So­cial work is very im­por­tant for good gov­er­nance in Shang­hai, and the so­cial worker is an hon­or­able job, and the gov­ern­ment will en­cour­age more peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in the mean­ing­ful cause,” Han replied.

Han also vis­ited a cou­ple of vet­er­ans in the com­mu­nity, who, though dis­abled, al­ways are ready to help oth­ers.

In his visit to Huangpu dis­trict, where the stam­pede that oc­curred on Dec 31 killed 35 peo­ple, Han stressed that public se­cu­rity is the bot­tom line of gov­ern­ment’s work. He said civil ser­vants must ful­fill their legal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to peo­ple and im­prove their work to bet­ter serve them.

“Shang­hai must en­hance its city-man­age­ment level to fit the fast devel­op­ment of the city,” Han said. “The of­fi­cials should end empty talks and have a strong aware­ness of the un­ex­pected dan­gers threat­en­ing public se­cu­rity.”

Huangpu dis­trict is Shang­hai’s core re­gion. Han en­cour­aged the dis­trict gov­ern­ment to pay more at­ten­tion to de­velop high-end ser­vice in­dus­tries such as trade, fi­nance and in­no­va­tion, and to pro­tect the his­tor­i­cal con­struc­tion of shan­ty­towns un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tion.

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