Premier Li Keqiang on Feb 1 paid a visit to Banzigou, an impoverished village in Guyuan, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, and promised more efforts to resettle the poverty-stricken villagers.
After more than an hour of bumpy ride on rugged mountain road, Premier Li first arrived at Wang Qi’s family. The 70-year-old Wang, who is bedridden due to paralysis, depends on minimum living allowance.
Premier Li asked him about the reimbursement of his medical bills and urged local government to guarantee the timely distribution of the allowance.
When Premier Li heard in Wang Jinbao’s house that the elder daughter had to quit school to take care of her sick mother, and the son is determined to become a doctor to cure his mother, Premier Li encouraged them to work extra hard.
“After you relocate to a better environment, it will be more convenient for your mother to receive medical treatment, and there will be a better chance for you to return to school,” the Premier told the daughter.
As one of the most impoverished villages in Guyuan, Banzigou has been included into this year’s poverty relief relocating plan. On hearing that Premier Li was visiting the village, all villagers came out and talked with him. When asked whether they were ready to relocate, all answered yes with one voice. The Premier said it is hard to leave one’s homeland, but new life will start in the new place, and a wider world is waiting for them.