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Voices and votes: Survey on important issues people concerned

2010-03-04 21:15 BJT

Special Report: 2010 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

China's major media outlets have been exploring a wide survey online about the important issues people are concerned with for the annual sessions of NPC and CPPCC national committee. Livelihoods and things that are directly-related to people's daily life are the hottest topics.

Public interest is running high. The roaring price of housing, the health care system and pensions, as well as education reform top the online of major press and media outlets including Xinhua News Agency, People's Daily and China Central Television. 

Yan Bin, IT specialist, said, "The government's focus is always on keeping GDP at 8%, but our life standard doesn't improve as much as the economic number grows. The roaring real estate market made a big contribution to the GDP, but the result is that housing is a luxury for me. "

Zhao Fujun, Beijing resident, said, "How can every Chinese share the fruit of the country's growth in the economy and development? Last Saturday, Premier Wen had an online chat with netizens. He stressed the government's responsibility of fair distribution of social wealth. I hope the NPC and CPPCC can tackle the pressing problems that are closely connected to our everyday life."

The online survey by www.people.com.cn, an influential news portal in China, shows that 85% of the netizens are calling for stronger and more effective government policies on the real estate industry that will be put into practice. 60% of the netizens describe themselves as a member of "Wojuzu", a new popular word in China that means they are the people living in a small house that is like a snail' shell.

Li Ning, "My income is about four times the average salary of Beijing residents, but my monthly salary can only buy half a square meter on the fourth ring road of Beijing. I can't afford a house even with financial support from my wife, my parents and parents-in-law."

A taxi driver said, "I'm qualified to buy the government's favorable low-priced houses for low-income families, but I still can't afford it. My salary per month is about 2-3 thousand yuan which only equals one square meter. And the bank doesn't provide me any loans, saying my job is not stable. "

Xiao Ling, project manager, said, "My kid is 3-years-old and it's time to send him to kindergarten, but it's so difficult to find one because the number of public kindergartens is quite few and in high demand. It's impossible to be enrolled if you don't have a special social connection. The private kindergartens are too expensive for us."

Also among the issues of the most concern are employment pressure, inflation, the growing gap between the rich and the poor, fair wealth distribution, anti-corruption, judicial justice and democratic supervision.

Every day hundreds of thousands of people express their thoughts and emotions through the network. The Internet is providing an easier and faster way for ordinary Chinese to make their voices heard. Every vote, every comment, all bear netizen's hope for a better life.

Editor: James | Source: CCTV.com