China to address problems of migrant workersMarch 6th, 2011 - 2:21 pm ICT by ANI
Beijing, Mar.6 (ANI): Members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee said that China needs to take measures to address problems of migrant workers’ welfare and illegal expropriation of rural land.
They said during a news conference that China must take a look at these issues or else China’s urbanization drive could only end up in failure.
Their remarks reflected the pledge Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made while outlining the focus of the government work this year.
Wen said: “We need to fully respect the right of farmers to independently choose whether to seek jobs in cities or stay in their home villages, and genuinely protect their legitimate rights and interests concerning land they contract to work and the land on which their homes sit.”
The China Daily quoted Wen as saying that urbanization and agricultural modernization must be “mutually reinforcing”.
Vice-chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce Wang Jianlin,
said that China has undergone fast urbanization in the past 30 years, but some severe problems still remain.
Conferees discussed the situation of migrant workers, farmers who have come to work in cities but cannot enjoy the social welfare city citizens do because they do not have hukou, a necessity in many China’s cities for enjoying equal medical, education, and housing policy. (ANI)
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