Re­lief Net­work

Bei­jing Youth Daily Jan­uary 2

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK -

Over 2,000 China Wel­fare Lot­tery (CWL) sales of­fices in Bei­jing will act as tem­po­rary re­lief sta­tions to pro­vide hot water and food to beg­gars, va­grants and oth­ers in need, as per the di­rec­tion of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Civil Af­fairs Bu­reau.

Dur­ing the cold win­ter, beg­gars, va­grants and some se­nior cit­i­zens run the dan­ger of starv­ing to death. Tem­po­rary re­lief plays an im­por­tant role in avert­ing the risk. Apart from im­prov­ing the qual­ity of re­lief, it’s also im­por­tant to in­crease the num­ber of re­lief sta­tions so that they are widely dis­trib­uted.

As the most widely dis­persed in­sti­tu­tion in the city, CWL sales of­fices can con­trib­ute to build­ing a broader re­lief net- work. Open­ing the sales of­fices to beg­gars and va­grants has in­creased the num­ber of plat­forms for tem­po­rary re­lief. It will en­able those in need of re­lief to be helped at al­most ev­ery corner of the city in ad­di­tion to en­hanc­ing wel­fare lot­tery’s func­tion of serv­ing pub­lic in­ter­ests.

In re­al­ity, many beg­gars and va­grants would rather wan­der in the streets than seek help from pro­fes­sional re­lief in­sti­tu­tions as they have to go through a com­plex of­fi­cial pro­ce­dure or there are too few re­lief sta­tions. These sta­tions should of­fer help more ac­tively to those in need in or­der to im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of the re­lief sys­tem.

It is an in­ter­na­tional prac­tice to use pub­lic wel­fare in­sti­tu­tions such as wel­fare lot­tery sta­tions as tem­po­rary re­lief sta­tions. The prac­tice has not only ex­panded re­lief chan­nels but also im­proved ur­ban ser­vices.

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