Private welfare proposed
THE mainland plans to pass part of the social welfare provision to the private sector in five years, according to a proposal issued by the State Council.
In view of growing demand for care for the elderly and other social welfare provisions, the Government will lend its weight to the establishment of private social welfare institutions.
'In 2005, China will establish a social welfare network with different forms of social welfare institutions as the backbone. It will be supplemented by state-run social welfare organisations and neighbourhood support groups,' the proposal stated, according to Xinhua.
Privileges such as tax holidays and discounts in electricity and water supply would be given to private orphanages, homes for the elderly and other social welfare organisations.
Social needs, such as the number of beds needed for organisations and facilities for old people, will be incorporated in economic planning of the state.