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City subsidy for Spring Festival

The city government yesterday announced a one-time financial subsidy of 50 yuan (US$8.24) to 390 yuan for some 5.4 million people for the Spring Festival which falls on January 31.

People covered under the subsidy include those living on the poverty line, local retirees, and people suffering from serious burden due to diseases.

The unemployed and poor college students are also included in the festival subsidy scheme.

Retired soldiers and families of dead soldiers, who are already receiving regular subsidies, will earn the maximum 390 yuan.

Unemployed people with serious disability and the elderly, minor and disabled people in rural areas without income will be given 300 yuan.

Each poor family will receive 150 yuan-worth coupon to buy edible oil and food in designated stores.

Local retirees will be handed out 50 yuan to 150 yuan depending on their age and pension level. Poor college students will get 200 yuan.



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