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Preferential policies to help disabled graduates

PREFERENTIAL policies will be set up to help disabled college graduates find jobs, the central government announced on Saturday in Beijing.

Disabled college graduates should account for at least 20 percent of new recruits of disabled persons' federations and their subsidiaries from this year, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said in a circular on its Website.

"Our federation recruited four disabled people this year, well surpassing the 20-percent requirement," said Cheng Kai, vice president of the China Disabled Persons' Federation.

Posts at the grassroots level and in the public service sector, especially those which provide services for the disabled, should also consider disabled college graduates first, the circular said.

Disabled college graduates could receive subsidies when they seek jobs and they would be encouraged to start their own business, it said.

"Special help should be given to those with ear and sight disabilities as they may find it harder to get a job," Cheng said.

China vowed to create 300,000 new jobs for the disabled in cities and towns by next year in the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-10), which was released last month.

There are more than 83 million people, or 6.34 percent of the population, with various kinds of disabilities in the country.


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