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Special> NPC & CPPCC Sessions 2011> Latest News
UPDATED: March 11, 2011
NPC Session Holds Second Presidium Meeting

The presidium of the ongoing Fourth Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, held its second meeting Thursday.

The meeting, presided over by Wu Bangguo, executive chairman of the presidium, endorsed to submit the draft resolutions concerning the government work report to delegations of the Fourth Session of the 11th NPC for deliberation.

The State Council, China's cabinet, made nine revisions on the government work report based on the proposals and suggestions of the deputies, of which five were "comparatively significant", according to a statement issued after the meeting.

The presidium meeting also decided to submit the draft resolutions on the 12th Five-year Plan (2011-2015), this year's plan for economic and social development and budget plan, to the delegations for examination and deliberation.

The draft of the new five-year plan has mapped out China's economic and social development for the coming five years, and "the overall arrangements are possible and feasible," Shi Xiushi, chairman of the NPC's Financial and Economic Committee, said in his report to the presidium meeting.

The draft plan has targeted an annual economic growth of 7 percent for the five years by 2015 and pledged to improve people's livelihood and tackle issues such as inflation and income disparities.

The meeting adopted the decisions through voting.

In his report, Wu also stressed the need to tackle the issue of income distribution this year, as "it is a problem of common concern to the people and NPC deputies."

The top legislator promised to intensify investigations and studies on raising the proportion of national income that goes to individuals and raising the proportion of workers' wages in the primary distribution, in an effort to appropriately adjust income distribution.

He said the NPC Standing Committee would also pay more attention to investigations and studies on standardizing income distribution, strengthening the role of taxation in adjusting income, and reversing the widening income disparity.

Last year, the NPC focused its inquiries on the central government's final accounts, national food security, and deepening the reform of the pharmaceutical and healthcare systems,

These inquiries, which were reported or broadcast live on television and the Internet, attracted widespread attention and won a positive response from the general public.

"Inquiries on special topics have helped the State Council and its departments to improve their work, and also enriched the way the NPC does its oversight work," Wu said.

(Xinhua News Agency March 10, 2011)

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