Two ses­sions can make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 11 Comment Editorial • Opinion -

The first ple­nary ses­sion of the 13th Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence was held on Satur­day, and the first ple­nary ses­sion of the 13th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress opens on Mon­day. Peo­ple all over the coun­try will be watch­ing to see how the two ses­sions will af­fect the qual­ity of their lives. It is nat­u­ral for deputies to the NPC and mem­bers of the CPPCC Na­tional Com­mit­tee to put for­ward mo­tions and pro­pos­als on such is­sues as tar­geted poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, on how work can be done to tighten con­trol over food safety, on how the bur­den of home­work on pri­mary and mid­dle school students can be re­duced, and on how the ru­ral econ­omy can be rein­vig­o­rated and the liv­ing stan­dards of vil­lagers con­sid­er­ably raised.

Other is­sues likely to be dis­cussed are health­care re­form, which will hope­fully pro­vide peo­ple with cheaper and eas­ier med­i­cal ser­vice, and the cam­paign to crack down on or­ga­nized crimes that pose a threat to so­cial sta­bil­ity.

The more peo­ple ben­e­fit from eco­nomic pros­per­ity and so­cial progress, the higher de­mands they have for the qual­ity of their lives. It is not that Chi­nese peo­ple are fault find­ing, but that the coun­try is at a turning point, where its eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment must re­al­ize a shift fo­cus from quan­tity to qual­ity and so too must its so­cial man­age­ment.

That ex­plains why so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics was said to have en­tered a new era at the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China in Oc­to­ber. All the new tar­gets of the Party and cen­tral gov­ern­ment can be boiled down to the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion and the great im­prove­ment of the qual­ity of Chi­nese peo­ple’s lives.

As a re­sult, deputies to the NPC and mem­bers of the CPPCC Na­tional Com­mit­tee are re­quired to con­duct more fact-find­ing mis­sions to de­ter­mine how spe­cific prob­lems af­fect the qual­ity of peo­ple’s lives and put for­ward rea­son­able and qual­ity mo­tions or pro­pos­als that can make a dif­fer­ence.

In ad­di­tion, their su­per­vi­sion over gov­ern­ment work and their de­liv­ery of peo­ple’s griev­ances and com­plaints at the two ses­sions can also help im­prove gov­er­nance.

It should go with­out say­ing that there can never be too much at­ten­tion paid to the de­tails when it comes to gov­ern­ment work. The reshuf­fle of the gov­ern­ment and Party in­sti­tu­tions, which will be a fo­cus of this year’s two ses­sions, is also meant to make gov­ern­ment de­part­ments more ef­fi­cient and rea­son­able in pro­vid­ing ser­vices.

So there is rea­son for peo­ple to ex­pect much of the two ses­sions.

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