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City civil affairs fund platform to be expanded

SHANGHAI’S civil affairs fund supervision and management platform will be applied across the city by the end of this year to ensure accurate and transparent delivery and recording of the funds, authorities announced yesterday.

The review and delivery of six types of social assistance funds, such as urban and countryside subsistence allowances, have been included in the platform, which has been under trial for one year, the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau said.

The city has about 3.3 million people covered in its social welfare system.

The city’s civil affairs funds include subsidies for the homeless, the disabled, orphans and the elderly etc.

Through the platform, subdistrict and town officials review and approve applications from the public on livelihood-related funds, and banks then check the information of applicants and bank accounts.

District civil affairs authorities double check the information and deliver funds to applicants’ accounts through the platform.

The former practice was that subdistrict and town authorities made the review and delivered the funds.

“The new practice separates review and fund delivery, effectively preventing the hazards involved in fund distribution,” said Lian Jinbo, director of the bureau’s financing department.




 

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