Tibetan Deputies on Anti Poverty Ecology Education

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Added On March 14, 2019

Now more on China's ongoing annual legislative session. We've talked to three deputies from southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Here what they've got to say on the region's poverty alleviation, environmental protection and education.
 
 
Population: 3.2 million
 
GDP growth (2018): 10%
 
People lifted out of poverty(2013-2018): 710,000
 
Target for 2019: to eradicate absolute poverty
 
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) KELSANG DROLKAR, NPC Deputy 
 
"The government has carried out a series of measures to reduce poverty in Tibet, supporting industry, relocation, education, medical care, technology and employment. Now it has borne fruits."  
 
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) KELSANG DROLKAR, NPC Deputy 
 
"Now we have cement roads in our community and the green area ratio has reached 35%. Our community is fully covered by public facilities. We used to drink water from wells and canals, but now every household has access to tap water. We also have heating and gas supply systems,so we don't use firewood any more."
 
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) TASHI GYALTSEN, NPC Deputy 
 
"Relocation is one of the key measures in poverty alleviation. After relocation, those confined to animal husbandry can now choose to work for others and earn more. They are also provided with houses to settle down in new places. The increasing labor mobility has encouraged more people, especially the young ones, to take the initiative and work their way out of poverty."
 
 
As of 2018, Tibet has 667,000 people engaged in environmental protection
 
It invested around 1.6 bln USD in environmental protection funds in 2018
 
Forest coverage has risen to over 12%
 
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) TASHI GYALTSEN, NPC Deputy 
 
"Eco-compensation policy is a win-win as it not only protects the eco-system, but also increases people's income."
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) KELSANG DROLKAR, NPC Deputy
 
"Protecting the environment is the top priority for Tibet in its economic development."
 
 
China provides free education for school-aged children in Tibet.
 
Since 1985, it has also allowed the children of farmers and herdsmen to enjoy free accommodation, meals and tuition at boarding schools.
 
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SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) KELSANG DEKYI, NPC Deputy
 
"Medog used to be a hardly accessible county with frequent natural disasters. Parents who worried about safety on the road were reluctant to send their kids to school. Truancy was a serious problem. Sometimes there were only one or two students in the classroom."
 
Medog county ended its "roadless" history
 
with the opening of the Medog Highway
 
in Oct. 2013
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) KELSANG DEKYI, NPC Deputy
 
"The parents now realize that it is very important for children to be educated, I kept telling them that only with education can their children find a new way of life."