Num­bers of poor fall­ing dramatically

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By PALDEN NY­IMA in Lhasa, Ti­bet

The gov­ern­ment of the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion has been mak­ing big strides in poverty re­duc­tion in re­cent years, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port re­leased by the re­gion’s poverty al­le­vi­a­tion of­fice.

Around 130,000 peo­ple in the re­gion were lifted out of poverty last year, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Those living in poverty de­creased to 320,000 last year from 830,000 in 2010.

The re­gion is ex­pected to lift 80,000 peo­ple out of poverty this year, and more than 1.8 bil­lion yuan ($287 mil­lion) will be in­vested to sup­port the cause, said Hu Xin­sheng, head of the Ti­bet Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Of­fice.

The pro­por­tion of poverty-stricken peo­ple in the re­gion’s ru­ral ar­eas has been re­duced to 13 per­cent from 34 per­cent in 2010.

An ef­fec­tive man­age­ment mech­a­nism, rapid in­vest­ment growth and bet­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion of poverty re­duc­tion mea­sures are key fac­tors of the achieve­ment, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The re­port shows that poverty al­le­vi­a­tion funds for Ti­bet granted by the cen­tral and lo­cal gov­ern­ments reached 1.76 bil­lion yuan last year, up 13.9 per­cent year-on-year.

“Gov­ern­ments and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion of­fices at var­i­ous lev­els strove to help poverty-stricken res­i­dents through all kinds of bank loans,” Hu said.

“We ex­panded the scope of the loans and tried to make it eas­ier for farm­ers and no­mads to get them,” Hu said.

Ac­cord­ing to Ma Tashi, direc­tor of the poverty al­le­vi­a­tion of­fice in Lhasa’s Cheng­guan dis­trict, im­pov­er­ished ru­ral res­i­dents ben­e­fited from projects such as cat­tle farms, hol­i­day vil­lages and rental hous­ing.

“I think the rapid growth of poverty al­le­vi­a­tion in the re­gion is mainly due to the in­creas­ing growth of the in­vest­ments,” Ma said.

Since 2010, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment has in­vested more than 4.7 bil­lion yuan in poverty re­lief in Ti­bet.

“We will work to keep the por­tion of low-in­come res­i­dents be­low 12 per­cent,” Hu said.

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