Amendments made to work report
Nearly 20 amendments have been made to the government's work report, which will be voted on today as the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC) concludes.
The amendments were revealed to NPC deputies yesterday, when the country's top political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), wrapped up its own annual 10-day session, during which economic issues were high on the agenda.
The NPC deputies submitted 489 suggested amendments, of which 477 were related to legislative affairs, the state news agency Xinhua said.
One major amendment is the inclusion of a pledge to 'strengthen school safety management', in addition to improving the safety of school buses. A series of brutal attacks on young children at schools in 2010 triggered child safety concerns among mainland parents, while fatal bus accidents last year prompted calls for tougher standards for school transport.
Other amendments included calls for the establishment of an ecological compensation mechanism to provide economic incentives for environmental protection and the enhancement of channels for the public to express their views.
Meanwhile, in the final version of the government's budget report, the clause 'the growth of the domestic economy will slow down [this year]' has been deleted.
The amendments were based on discussions among and suggestions put forth by NPC deputies.
Premier Wen Jiabao will hold a press conference today following the conclusion of the NPC session.
The CPPCC session closed yesterday with 6,069 proposals being submitted to the government, of which 2,600 were related to economic matters. Some of them called for measures to increase the incomes of lower-class citizens and the establishment of annual salary increments.
CPPCC delegate Li Wuwei, who is head of economic research at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said it was time to break the state's dominance in the banking business, while other delegates called for underground banks that provide informal lending and fund-raising to be legalised.
Around 264 submissions relating to the expansion of domestic consumption and price stabilisation were received.
The CPPCC received about 1,600 submissions on social affairs and public livelihood issues, including calls for education expenditure to be increased to 4 per cent of gross domestic product. And about 1,200 submissions concerned social management and maintaining social harmony - including calls for better management of online information and handling of emergencies.
Delegates were also urged to step up their engagement with Taiwan.
This was the last CPPCC meeting before the government's leadership reshuffle next year.
Wrapping up the annual session, CPPCC chairman Jia Qinglin urged delegates to continue making contributions to the nation's development.
'I hope delegates will continue to maintain uplifting momentum during this last year in office, and treasure the opportunity and honour to faithfully carry out their duties,' he said.
kindergarten pupils and two adults were killed when an overloaded school bus crashed in Gansu in November