Premier Wen hears opinions on govt work report

Updated: 2012-02-15 06:57


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BEIJING - Premier Wen Jiabao has invited a group of teacher, lawyer, migrant worker and farmer to give opinions on the government's work ranging from preschool education, air pollution control to the management of booming microblogs.

The meeting in Beijing on February 7 was one of five meetings chaired by Wen last week with aims to solicit public opinions on the draft of a government work report to be delivered at the annual parliamentary session early next month.

In this year the government should be able to achieve the goal that fiscal expenditure on education accounts for 4 percent of GDP, Wen said, responding to the views of Ziwangul Amut, a teacher from the No 2 Elementary School of Hutubi County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The teacher said the government should increase investment in education and help improve the livelihood of teachers in remote regions.

Wen promised that the government would prioritize financial support to schools in rural and poverty-stricken areas as well as in regions predominantly inhabited by ethnic minority groups.

In response to suggestions of Ning Zheng, headmaster of a Qingdao-based kindergarten, Wen said the government would encourage private capitals to enter pre-school education sector, while the government increases investment in public kindergartens.

The seminar invited Zhou Xiaopeng, a manager from Sina's, the country's leading microblogging service. Zhou suggested the government make related laws and regulations in a bid to promote a healthy development of social media.

Wen said that the online media should correctly promulgate the government's policies and reflect the real demands of the people, and government agencies should learn to use information technology tools to improve their services.

Migrant worker Zhang Peilan, from Shanghai, suggested the government pay attention to the training of homemaking service workers, and raise the social awareness of this industry.

Wen said more efforts should be made to abolish laws and regulations that hinder migrant workers from entering the city and enjoying the same treatment with urban citizens.

Environmental protection was also discussed on the meeting, as Zhao Yue, a senior engineer in Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center, suggested the government give more policy, financial and technical support to the monitoring of PM 2.5.

The monitoring and treatment of tiny floating particles -- 2.5 micrometers in diameter or less, known as PM 2.5 -- has been a hotly-discussed topic in China as the public become increasingly concerned about air pollution and related health issues.

Wen said that the PM 2.5 issue reflects the people's fresh demand for a cleaner environment. He added that China's environment monitoring standards should be in line with international standards gradually.

PM 2.5 gauge can measure microscopic airborne particles, which is considered more hazardous to people's health as it can penetrate deeper into the lungs.

Wen also discussed with representatives on food safety, workplace safety and other topics during the three-hour-long meeting.