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Jiaxing works to improve lives of rural residents

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated : Oct 19, 2020

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The per capita disposable income of low-income rural residents in Jiaxing is 17,437 yuan ($5,588) in 2019, a year on year increase of 14.4 percent. [Photo/cnjxol.com]

Jiaxing in East China's Zhejiang province has been working to improve the lives of its rural residents in recent years, Jiaxing Daily reported on Oct 17.

In 2019, the per capita disposable income of rural residents in the city was 37,431 yuan, ranking first among rural areas in Zhejiang. The per capita disposable income of low-income rural residents was 17,437 yuan, a year on year increase of 14.4 percent, putting it at second place in Zhejiang in both regards.

In the first half of this year, the per capita disposable income of low-income rural residents in Jiaxing was 9,451 yuan, a 10.3 percent increase year on year and the second highest in the province.

Jiaxing has rolled out a series of policies to increase incomes for low-income rural residents and encourage them to start businesses. It is offering subsidies to operators of homestays, online stores, and farms who employ low-income rural residents.

The city has also increased social insurance subsidies to freelancer with difficulty in finding jobs and has ensured a stable job to at least one member of each family receiving minimal allowances from the government.

Haining, a county-level city in Jiaxing, has encouraged local agricultural cooperatives to offer jobs to low-income rural residents, invited experts to train residents, and donated 19,820 yuan in agricultural supplies to these residents since 2018.

Thirty-nine low-income rural residents in Haining have already risen from poverty, and their incomes have increased by a combined total of 331,800 yuan.

Meanwhile, Jiashan county recently established its first poverty alleviation base in Henggang village. Eighty percent of the base's income is expected to help disabled people and families receiving minimal allowances from the government, while the rest will be donated to the village's charitable fund.