Tibet creates nation’s first border subsidy system to manage border

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/10 17:37:51

Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region will subsidize its border residents to motivate them to manage and control the border.  

In the past five years, the subsidies the government offered to the border residents has been rising, covering 160,000 people, said Jiang Guojie, deputy head of the regional finance department, at a press conference on Friday, the Tibet Daily reported on Sunday.

According to the Tibet Daily, around 1.2 billion yuan ($185 million) was transferred to border areas of Tibet in 2016 to increase the income of border residents, improve their living and working conditions and motivate them to manage and control the border.

Six billion yuan has been pooled to support the economic and social development of the border areas. 

The subsidy for each resident above 16 years old in first-tier border towns has been increased from 1,000 yuan in 2012 to 2,700 yuan in 2017, and from 800 yuan to 2,500 yuan in second-tier towns.

Tibet is the first provincial-level region in China to create a border subsidy system, the report said.

The central government transferred 154 billion yuan to border, ethnic and poverty-stricken areas and to former revolutionary bases in 2016, Finance Minister Xiao Jie said in December 2016, compared to 108 billion yuan in 2013, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Jiang said that from 2012 to 2016, the income of Tibet has risen annually by an average of 14.39 percent and has been enjoying a balanced budget, chinanews.com reported on Friday.

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