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China allocates funds to help poor

Updated: Aug 5,2016 8:03 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Aug 5 that it has allocated subsidies totaling 137.46 billion yuan (about $20.7 billion) this year to help people living in poverty.

The subsidies will cover households receiving subsistence allowances, people in dire poverty and those who need temporary assistance, the MOF said in a statement.

The MOF said that local governments must determine the allocation of subsidies for poor people according to a weighted average method.

The Chinese government has named poverty reduction one of its top priorities for the next five years. The government has vowed to help the country’s remaining 70 million poor people living below the poverty line of 2,300 yuan ($346) in annual income rid themselves of poverty by 2020.