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Chinese Premier Wen chats online with Internet users(6)

2011-02-27 09:29:05 GMT2011-02-27 17:29:05(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Wen promised to send more teachers to rural schools and lift restrictions on household registration to allow migrant farmers to send their children to urban schools.

Migrant workers usually refer to farmers from impoverished regions who go to urban and more prosperous regions in search of jobs. Their children are usually left behind at home and taken care of by the seniors.

Anti-graft efforts

China will make the investigation and punishment of corrupt principal officials the "primary task" of its anti-graft endeavor this year, Premier Wen said.

Wen said that the government would ramp up efforts to investigate and punish leading officials for power abuse, dereliction of duty and involvement in corruption scandals.

Pension hike for business retirees

Wen vowed that the Chinese government would continue to increase pension for business retirees to improve their lives.

In China, pension system reform has long been introduced in businesses, but not in governmental departments and institutions.

As a result, retirees in governmental departments and institutions  have enjoyed much better treatment than those retiring from businesses, giving rise to discontents among the latter group of people.

To address the issue, the government had increased pension by up to 10 percent every year for business retirees over the past seven years, but their wages were still relatively low, Wen said.

"We will continue to improve their treatment, especially for those engineers with high education," he said.

He added pension system reform would be steadily carried out in governmental departments and institutions.

Income distribution

Wen Jiabao vowed during the online chat with netizens that ensuring fair income distribution will be an important task of the government.

Income distribution has a direct bearing on social justice and fairness as well as stability, Wen said.

"We will ensure that people's income increase be kept pace with economic growth and people's salary growth be kept pace with the productivity rise," he said.

He said the government will tackle the problem from three aspects:

-- Increase the salary of the low-income group and the minimum living allowances.

-- Contain the salary in the industries with overly high incomes.

-- Protect lawful income, ban illegal income and regulate excessively high income.

Income distribution

Wen Jiabao vowed during the online chat with netizens that ensuring fair income distribution will be an important task of the government.

Income distribution has a direct bearing on social justice and fairness as well as stability, Wen said.

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