Govt report adopts 80% of suggestions

Updated: 2016-03-19 07:56

By WANG YANFEI(China Daily)

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A record number of suggestions submitted by the nation's political advisers have been adopted in the final version of the Government Work Report, an official who participated in the drafting of the plan said on Friday.

"Around 80 percent of the suggestions raised by members of CPPCC ... have been added to the government report, and the number of suggestions adopted has doubled compared with last year," said Liu Yingjie, head of the State Council's Research Office, after the nation's top political advisory body concluded its annual session on Wednesday.

Yu Bing, a member of CPPCC who has submitted proposals and made suggestions on education this year, said that although members hold different perspectives, it is inspiring to see that the central government takes their suggestions into consideration and makes sure that their voices are heard.

The nation's top officials will assign and divide the tasks to be undertaken this year according to the plans outlined in the government report, where "suggestions help furnish detailed requirements and tasks in the future," Liu said.

Suggestions adopted focus mainly on proceeding with supply-side economic reform, boosting innovation and entrepreneurship, improving the quality of consumer goods and the service industry, and improving people's livelihoods.

Regarding the potentially painful adjustments to address overcapacity in heavy industries such as steel and cement, which Premier Li Keqiang spoke of, members have made suggestions addressing possible layoffs.

Li has pledged that the government will allocate 100 billion yuan ($15.27 billion) to relocate workers, and Liu suggested that "training programs should be provided by local government to help them find new jobs."

Liu highlighted that six revisions with raising requirements for local governments have been made on environmental protection, one of the top priorities as China transforms toward a more sustainable development structure.

"Although suggestions made seem like minor changes of wording, they raise the benchmark for evaluating government's performance and push them to consider the impacts on the environment, especially when approving new construction projects," said Wu Shunze, vice-president of the Environmental Planning Institute at the Ministry of Environmental Protection.