Poor vil­lagers’ re­lo­ca­tion should be speedy, Li says

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Premier Li Ke­qiang called for in­no­va­tive ways to re­lo­cate pover­tys­tricken fam­i­lies to a more hab­it­able lo­ca­tion dur­ing a visit to Zhao­tong, Yun­nan prov­ince, on Jan 23. Peo­ple in the far-flung vil­lage will be moved in March to new houses in a place with con­ve­nient trans­porta­tion, as part of Yun­nan’s target from last year to re­lo­cate 677,000 peo­ple be­low the poverty line at a cost of 23.9 bil­lion yuan. The lo­cal gov­ern­ment will pay half of the cost of build­ing new houses, and vil­lagers can get in­ter­est-free loans of up to 60,000 yuan for three years, in ad­di­tion to us­ing their own sav­ings.

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