China to strengthen social support in poverty alleviation

Publish time:8/21/2017 12:00:00 AM      Source: Xinhua News Agency
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BEIJING, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- China is going to incorporate more social sector services to assist the country's poverty alleviation campaign.


The services will include psychological counseling for the impoverished, special protections for left-behind rural children unaccompanied by their parents and guidance in readjusting for relocated people, according to a guideline jointly issued Friday by authorities of civil affairs, finance and poverty reduction.


The government should allocate more resources to train professionals and strengthen social organizations in poverty-stricken areas, the document said.


It also identified various pilot projects, such as pairing 300 leading social service organizations from developed regions with their counterparts in less-developed areas in the following three years.


China has set 2020 as the target to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society, which requires the eradication of poverty.


As of the end of 2016, there were still 43.35 million people in China living below the country's poverty line.