China said on Tuesday that it aims to relocate more than two million citizens from remote, inland regions this year as part of efforts to lift people out of poverty.
Some of the villagers will move to areas with better social services, such as schools and hospitals, while others in remote areas will move to places with better roads and water supply, state media cited a State Council spokesman as saying.
The numbers will be stepped up gradually and may eventually hit 3 million a year, said Liu Yongfu, who heads the cabinet’s Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, according to a report carried by Reuters.
China’s poor, who make up about 5 percent of a population of nearly 1.4 billion, live mostly in the countryside, and earn less than 2,300 yuan (US$362) a year.
In October last year, the State Council it aims to lift all its 70 million poor above the poverty line by 2020.
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