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13:16 Apr 17 2009

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Migrants from Tibetan-inhabited Sanjiangyuan Area to receive subsidies
11:35, April 17, 2009  

The government of Northwest China's Qinghai Province will allocate more subsidies for those financially difficult migrants, in a bid to ensure the interests of the migrants in the Tibetan-inhabited Sanjiangyuan Area.

Located in the heartland of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Sanjiangyuan Area is the headwater of the Yangtze River, the Yellow River and the Lancang River at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.


Three Tibetan boys are seen in a migrant village in Yushu County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in southwestern Qinghai Province in this file photo taken on Sept. 1, 2007. The government of Northwest China's Qinghai Province will allocate more subsidies for those financially difficult migrants. (Xinhua Photo)


In accordance with a new government policy, those households whose subsidies for feed are less than the net income of farmers and herdsmen per capita in the province last year can enjoy subsidies. Meanwhile, migrants over the age of 55 or under the age of 16 will also be entitled for subsidies.

After the launch of the Sanjiangyuan ecology project in 2005, a total of 10,579 households of 49,631 members moved to other areas. As most migrants moved to cities or towns, they lost their means of production they used to rely on. This in turn increased their living costs.

Moreover, as subsidies for feed are allocated to each household, those households with more members have less subsidies per capita, thus encountering difficulties in their livelihood.

According to the Qinghai Provincial Government, the subsidies will cover migrants from 18 counties in Qinghai's four Tibetan autonomous prefectures and Tanggula County in western Geermu City.

Source:Xinhuanet

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