China revises law to better protect disabled

February 26th, 2008 - 6:26 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, Feb 26 (Xinhua) Chinese lawmakers were convened Tuesday to discuss a draft amendment to the Law on Protection of the Disabled in an effort to better safeguard their rights and interests. The disabled should be guaranteed the right to play a fair role in social life and share the fruits of China’s economic and social development, said the draft amendment.

The draft was submitted on Tuesday to the 32nd session of the 10th Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s national legislature.

The draft, a revision of a law that took effect in 1991, was drawn up to “tackle new circumstances and problems” cropping up amid economic and social advances, said China’s Civil Affairs Minister Li Xueju.

According to the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, the per capita income in households with disabled members is less than half the national average. And 43.29 percent of disabled people aged above 15 are illiterate, well above the national average of 6.27 percent in the same age bracket.

The draft urged governments at all levels to provide better education, better rehabilitation, higher living standards and more jobs for the country’s disabled.

China has about 83 million disabled, accounting for 6.34 percent of the population, and more than 75 percent of the disabled live in rural areas.

The amendment gives the government more responsibility in providing public services to the disabled. More public welfare jobs for the disabled should be created and government departments at all levels should provide more free training and job-placement opportunities, the draft amendment said.

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