China Ups Spending on Life Quality

CNC report from Beijing
Added On March 9, 2013

The Chinese government is projecting its budgeted spending of 2.2 trillion U.S. dollars for 2013.

And the central budget features notable spending increases in areas closely related to quality of life.

The central budget report was submitted to the first session of the 12th National People's Congress, China's national legislature, on Tuesday.

According to the central budget report, government spending on medical and health care increased by about 27 percent year on year to more than 41 billion dollars.

The report said the government also plans to raise the annual government subsidies for the new rural cooperative medical care system and basic medical insurance for non-working urban residents.

Meanwhile, the central budget for education increased by more than 9 percent.

This year's spending increases were the second highest since 2008.

In the government work report, Premier Wen Jiabao said the government will give priority to education, medical and health care, social security and other areas of weakness that are important to people's well-being.

... While controlling regular expenditures like administrative expenses.

He said budgeted government investment will mainly go to government-subsidized housing projects and infrastructure projects to improve people's life quality.

"Budget increases toward public welfare sectors will not only give the local governments more funds to operate, but also benefit the livelihood of common people."

Over the past five years, an annual survey conducted by Xinhua News Agency's website showed that respondents were most concerned about the income gap, housing prices, employment, education and medical services.

Lawmakers and political advisors say government spending should play a role of ensuring social justice, and ensure that all people enjoy the fruits of the country's economic development.

Meanwhile, they also caution the government against any misuse and waste of its budgeted spending.

They say supervision should be strengthened over every item so as to make every penny count.