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City mulls bravery fund

SHANGHAI will set up a special bravery fund to reward people who stand out in emergencies or dangerous situations.

This was revealed during yesterday's discussion on the draft of a public security administrative law which is expected to be ready later this year.

And the fund will also be used to buy injury and death insurances to prepare for future compensation for the awardees or their families in case the award recipients are hurt or killed while helping others, said the draft. It's the first time the city has considered buying insurances for this group of people.

Besides, Shanghai will have security forces to guard kindergartens, schools and office buildings, with officials saying such forces are supposed to help police in responding to emergencies and violence and prevent certain crimes.

Ye Xin, a deputy to the city's People's Congress, the Shanghai legislative body, said there were as yet no regulations in the draft on how to tackle emergency and violent situations, such as the killings in kindergartens that rocked China earlier this year. This was important to social security, Ye added.

Cai Dafeng, another deputy to the People's Congress, agreed with Ye. He proposed paying close attention to what's happening around us, and finding out the possible trigger before incidents happened.

There are certain aspects that are not touched by the law. "The draft has no regulation targeting phenomena such as group renting, such as 10 people sharing a single apartment," Cai revealed.


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