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Standard of Living
With the development of economy, the life of the Tibetan people has shown impressive improvements. In 2004, Tibet ranked second among the 12 provinces, autonomous regions and one municipality directly under the Central Government in terms of disposable income of urban residents in Tibet, reaching 8057.96 Yuan, an increase of 3.8 percent over the previous year. More durable goods have entered the lives of ordinary families. A case in point is that Lhasa has 35,000 private cars, averaging one for every 12 people; and 330,000 mobile phone subscribers, a figure which is close to 60,000 subscribers more than home phone subscribers.
Social Security
In Tibet, the government attaches importance to employment, medicare, housing, old age pension, insurance and aid to the poor and the needy. It offers guaranteed life to childless old people and orphans. For this purpose, it has set up welfare societies and homes of respect for the old. For those deprived of the ability to work and the childless old people, the government guarantees their food, clothing, housing, medicare and, when they die, funeral needs.
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