Beijing to lift all villages above low-income line by 2020

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The Beijing municipal government Thursday issued the "Beijing Rural Vitalization Strategic Plan (2018-2022)," proposing to raise the per capita disposable income of all rural households above the low-income line under the current standard by 2020.

Wang Yingjie, deputy inspector of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, gave an introduction of the plan. He said Beijing's rural vitalization plan will take into consideration the actual conditions of the city, which has large expanses of suburban areas. The plan targets 2020 for Beijing to bring the per capita disposable income of 68,000 low-income households over the current low-income line of 11,160 yuan (US$1,648), and to lift the 234 low-income villages above the low-income line. 

Also by 2020, Beijing plans to promote about 1,500 demonstration villages with a garbage classification system, and the domestic garbage in 99 percent of its administrative villages will be properly disposed of. 

By 2022, the toilets in Beijing's rural areas will meet the "Class-III+" sanitation standards, 99 percent of the toilets in the rural households will be up to standards, and the comprehensive utilization level of livestock and poultry manure in large farms will reach over 95 percent. The coverage of rural sewage treatment facilities in key areas such as urban and rural junctions, important water source areas and folk tourism villages will increase from the current 52 percent to over 95 percent. In addition, by 2022, all villages in Beijing's rural areas will have access to express delivery services. 

The Beijing municipal government will also continue to improve the rural public service and achieve the integration and equalization of public services in the urban and rural areas. 

Moreover, the municipal government will set up one community health service center or township health center in every township by 2022. A network of village-level medical and health institutions will be established so that community-level health service is accessible within a 15-to-30-minute distance. 

By 2022, there will be at least 450 elderly care centers in Beijing's rural areas. Each township in the plain and shallow mountainous areas will have one old-age care center. "Mobile canteens" will be placed for those senior people in rural areas who prefer to stay home for elderly care.

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