Chinese Premier stresses human-centered urbanization
Updated: 2016-01-24 23:14
"China's greatest development potential lies in urbanization," according to a statement issued on Sunday after an executive meeting of the State Council held on Friday.
As a project that has a significant bearing on the improvement of people's livelihoods, urbanization is also conducive to promote effective investment and consumption, which enables a coordinated development between cities and the countryside, the statement said.
The government will make it easier for people from the countryside to become officially recognized urbanites. With the exception of a very few mega cities, restrictions on Hukou, or registered permanent residence, in cities will be fully liberalized for university graduates, skilled workers and returned overseas students.
A regulation that upgrades "residence permit" management, announced by the State Council in December last year and effective from this month, will ensure city dwellers that have not yet acquired Hukou have access to basic public services including education, employment, medical care and legal assistance, according to the statement.
The government will speed up renovation of shantytowns and dilapidated buildings. Supportive policies on shantytown renovations will be expanded to cover major towns across the nation. Private capital is encouraged to contribute to the construction of roads and underground pipelines.
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