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Migrant kids' libraries, gyms on city's to-do list for 2010

CHILDREN of migrant workers who attend schools in the city will get more opportunities to read at libraries and work out in sports facilities this year, local authorities said yesterday.

Equipping 160 schools that admit non-local students with libraries and sports facilities is one of the "10 practical projects" the city government hopes to tackle in 2010, said Chen Qiwei, the spokesman of Shanghai government.

All the migrant children will be able to enjoy free education at schools under the city government before the opening of the World Expo 2010 on May 1, said an official with the Shanghai Education Bureau.

About 97 percent of them already get such education.

This year's "10 practical projects," which Shanghai government proposes annually, include 28 items with 15 new ones and 13 being the continuation of last year's programs.

All of last year's "10 practical projects" were completed.

Among this year's projects are: creating a real-time positioning system to pinpoint the location of citizens who dial 120 for medical emergency services by mobile phones; posting more emergency signs at Metro stations and the Expo site; and improving toilet facilities.

The city government plans to create 500,000 jobs; build 40 playgrounds in communities, which will reach 300 at the end of 2010; put up 1,000 automatic teller machines; and have 40 newly built or reconstructed tourism consulting centers across the city this year, said Chen.

Other items include:

Renovate dilapidated houses for low-income farmers in rural areas.

Realize medical bill reimbursement in villages and adjust quicksilver blood-pressure meters for 300,000 families.

Connect roads linking neighboring districts.

Provide 250,000 elderly with home care services.

Put 12 million energy-saving lamps into use.

Set up track systems of food in vegetable wholesale and retail markets.

The projects aimed to meet the needs of the vulnerable groups and solve problems involving a large population, according to Chen.


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