Fair Share of Earn­ings

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The Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment re­leased a plan that will en­able poor peo­ple to re­ceive their fair share of earn­ings from lo­cal hy­dropower plants and min­ing pro­jects in Oc­to­ber. To pilot the re­form, the gov­ern­ment will se­lect 20 pro­jects in im­pov­er­ished ar­eas and coun­ties tar­geted in the na­tional poverty al­le­vi­a­tion pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to the plan. Lo­cal ru­ral res­i­dents will be able to ac­quire stakes in such pro­jects with com­pen­sa­tion they re­ceive for land oc­cu­pied by the project con­struc­tion, the plan said. This way, ru­ral res­i­dents will re­ceive pro­ceeds from the pro­jects’ op­er­a­tions, with pri­or­ity given to reg­is­tered poor house­holds. The re­form will be car­ried out from late 2016 to the end of 2019, and the cho­sen pro­jects will start con­struc­tion in 2017. The re­form is part of China’s pre­cise poverty re­lief ef­forts, or tar­geted ef­forts to help spe­cific im­pov­er­ished groups, said Yang Qian, an of­fi­cial with the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion.

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