China offers billions in subsidies to the poor

2020-07-30 02:41:36 GMT2020-07-30 10:41:36(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

By the end of June, China had provided 14.62 billion yuan (about 2.09 billion U.S. dollars) in price subsidies to support people in need across the country, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday.

In the first half of the year, a total of 3.396 million people were newly identified as people living on subsistence allowances or in extreme difficulty, and have benefited from the allowance scheme, said Jia Weizhou with the ministry at a press conference.

From March to June, the allowance standards were raised, and orphans and unattended children were included in the allowance scheme for the first time, said Jia.