CPPCC Puts Interests of People First

Members of China's leading advisory body have highlighted their concerns about the interests of the common people, such as the increasingly expanding income gap and the burden on farmers.

The Standing Committee of the Ninth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top advisory body, held its 13th meeting yesterday to discuss how to realize the strategy of sustainable development in the 10th Five-Year Plan period (2001-05).

"During this ongoing session of the National Committee of the Ninth CPPCC, topics such as how to raise farmers' incomes and strengthen agriculture are getting a lot of attention," said Zheng Wantong, secretary-general of the Ninth CPPCC National Committee.

Many proposals raised by members have suggested that China's agricultural sector and farmers' incomes should be given priority in this year's economic work, said Zheng, noting that members want the establishment of a more rational wealth distribution system to prevent an income "polarization."

Zheng spoke highly of the members of China's top advisory body for the advice they have given on how to implement the strategy of invigorating China with science, technology and education, promoting quality education and popularizing an ethical and moral socialist education system for the young.

CPPCC members have put forward nearly 3,600 proposals this session, displayed a deep concern for the difficulties confronting the country as it advances. They have put forward lots of constructive suggestions on key issues such as how to develop western China, how to tackle the challenges the country might face after entering the World Trade Organization, how to govern the country with law and how to rejuvenate the nation through science, technology and education.

Summarizing members' opinions about the report on the 10th Five-Year Plan, Zheng said that members are confident about the government's development strategy, noting the report has indicated clearly where problems lie and also mapped out ways to tackle them.

(China Daily 03/12/2001)

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