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NPC Ready to Approve Five-Year Guidelines
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The ongoing session of the 10th National People's Congress (NPC) is ready to endorse the country's 11th Five-Year Guidelines and Premier Wen Jiabao's government work report which set high economic growth rate for the next five years and aggressive scheme for investment in rural development and sci- tech innovation.

A presidium meeting of the NPC session announced Friday that the two major documents will be put to vote at the closing ceremony of the Fourth Session of the 10th NPC on March 14, after 34 major revisions were made to the draft of the 11th Five-Year Guidelines for Economic and Social Development and eight to Premier Wen' s report.

"The draft Five-Year Guidelines is positive, feasible and achievable after tangible efforts," said Fu Zhihuan, chairman of the NPC Fiscal and Financial Committee, at the meeting.

The 34 revisions to the 11th Five-Year Guidelines and eight to Premier Wen 's report were based on the suggestions and opinions of the nearly 3,000 deputies to the NPC after four-day discussions.

Major additions to the 11th Five-Year Guidelines include:

-- Efforts should be strengthened to encourage teachers in urban schools to assist rural education;

-- Rural architecture with unique characteristics shall be protected;

-- Educational fees shall be well regulated, and all educational fees should be publicized for public comment and supervision;

The government work report was added:

-- Ecological compensation mechanism shall be set up soon for the improvement of environment;

-- More efforts shall be made to support the development of ethnic minority regions with a smaller population.

(Xinhua News Agency March 11, 2006)

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