Vil­lagers get help from of­fi­cials

Thou­sands out in force to help pave roads, pro­vide elec­tric­ity, wa­ter, re­pairs

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By PHUNTSOG TASHI and PALDEN NY­IMA in Lhasa Con­tact the writ­ers at palden_ny­ima@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

More than 20,000 gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have been sent to vil­lages in the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion to help ru­ral res­i­dents since 2001, a re­port by the lo­cal Party com­mit­tee said on Sun­day.

At the same time, al­most 6,000 lo­cal of­fi­cials joined ad­min­is­tra­tive com­mit­tees in 1,787 monas­ter­ies and tem­ples, help­ing most of them get paved roads, elec­tric­ity and tap wa­ter.

“The of­fi­cials have been very help­ful as they taught us how to use com­put­ers and mo­bile phones, and even how to in­put Ti­betan lan­guage into com­put­ers,” said Sarzuk, a monk at Khor­chak Monastery in Ali pre­fec­ture, which bor­ders In­dia and Nepal.

Sarzuk said that of­fi­cials on the ad­min­is­tra­tive com­mit­tee as­sisted in get­ting fi­nan­cial aid to help re­pair mu­rals in the 1,000-year-old tem­ple, as well as build eight dor­mi­to­ries and a dining hall for the monks.

Ye­sang, direc­tor of the women’s fed­er­a­tion in Sada vil­lage, about 120 km from Lhasa, said that since the of­fi­cials were sent to her vil­lage in 2011, the vil­lage has ben­e­fited from con­ve­niences such as tap wa­ter, a road and hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“One of the key roles the grass­roots­based gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials play in our vil­lage is to speak to the higher gov­ern­ments on our be­half,” said Ye­sang.

Paljor, a vil­lager from Sada, said, “Thanks to the vil­lage-based of­fi­cials and the gov­ern­ment, most of the house­holds in our vil­lage are now linked with vil­lage roads”.

Norbu, a gov­ern­ment

of­fi­cial

in Ti­bet’s Ren­pung county, said, “I’m quite pleased with what we have been able do for the ru­ral res­i­dents, and it is our mission to be here”.

“Ben­e­fit­ing the vil­lagers is my main goal, and I hope to con­trib­ute more to the vil­lagers in the fu­ture,” said the 42-year-old.

Since the launch of the grass­roots project, more than 43,000 projects have been im­ple­mented.

Per capita in­come of ru­ral res­i­dents in the re­gion in­creased from 5,022 yuan ($820) in 2011 to 7,471 yuan in 2014, and 130,000 ru­ral res­i­dents were lifted out of poverty last year, ac­cord­ing to the re­gion’s work re­port.

XUE WENX­IAN/ XIN­HUA

A poul­try farmer feeds his chick­ens in Dazi county in Lhasa, the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion, in Jan­uary. Of­fi­cials from the Lhasa science and tech­nol­ogy bureau are sta­tioned in the county to train farm­ers.

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