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China plans massive relocation to fight poverty

Chinese authorities said it will spend 950 billion yuan ($142.4 billion) to relocate about 16 million people out of poor areas nationwide as China strives to meet its poverty eradication goal by 2020.

Authorities will offer job training and livelihood support for resettled families and provide a pension and medical insurance. Around 110,000 km of roads and 140,000 km of water pipes will be built as part of this resettlement, while many new schools and clinics will be establish to cater to meet the migrants’ needs.

BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 2: A cyclist rides past a public telephone booth in a poor slum area on January 2, 2005 in Beijing, China. The Chinese government will focus on reducing poverty over the next four years, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program. Both sides have invested US$10 million in the project. (Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images)

BEIJING, CHINA – JANUARY 2: A cyclist rides past a public telephone booth in a poor slum area on January 2, 2005 in Beijing, China. The Chinese government will focus on reducing poverty over the next four years, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program. Both sides have invested US$10 million in the project. (Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images)

That works out to about 59,000 yuan per person (2.37 lakh yuan for a family of 4) for poverty eradication. Can we imagine such amount being spent by government in India?

  • About 3.2 million chosen for relocation were living in areas affected by severe desertification, soil erosion, water depletion and extreme cold weather.
  • Another 3.4 million were being relocated because they lacked access to basic infrastructure, education and medical care in their areas.
  • Others being moved have had their livelihoods affected by natural disasters or were living in government-sanctioned nature reserves.

As of last year, there were around 70 million people living below the poverty line in China. (about 5% of total population)

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