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11:19 Mar 09 2010

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70,000 in Yunnan's Tibetan area lifted out of poverty
11:18, March 09, 2010  

Photo shows a Tibetan woman talking to her cell phone in Shangri-la County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province. (Xinhua Photo)

To date, 70,000 people in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, have been lifted out of poverty.

The prefectural government has improved the poor people's livelihood by accelerating rural infrastructure construction, enhancing environmental protection and stepping up public welfare projects undertaking.

The local government has focused on some tough problems, such as the local people's hard access to roads, safe drinking water, education and health care.

Meanwhile, it has carried out a series of projects to promote rural development, including training laborers, building comfortable houses, and extending credits and loans.

By the end of 2009, the prefecture had received a poverty-reduction fund of 310 million yuan RMB from the Central Government and Yunnan Provincial Government, 133 million yuan RMB from Shanghai, and 20 million yuan RMB from other parts of China.

As a result, the local people's living and production conditions have greatly improved, with the per-capita annual disposable income of urban and rural residents reaching 14,304 yuan RMB and 2,912 yuan RMB, respectively.

Source: Xinhuanet

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