GUANGZHOU: Academics have urged South China's Guangdong Province to make
special efforts to narrow the income gap between its poor and rich residents.
The plea came after a survey indicated that people in the province are most
worried about the unfair distribution of income. Though the situation is not yet
alarming, it has worsened with each recent passing year, the director of the
Institute of Sociology and Population Research, Zheng Zizhen, said recently.
Of the 2,302 local people's congress deputies polled in Guangzhou, Shenzhen,
Zhuhai and Shantou, 38.2 percent said the unfairness had affected social
stability. Only 22.8 percent of the deputies said the existing income
distribution was fair.
The survey also showed that social security and safeguarding the legal
interests of the disadvantaged were two other major concerns of the local
"Administrative powers above the law and lack of enough relevant laws and
regulations are the major direct causes of the income gap," Zheng said.
The widening wealth gap and unfair distribution of resources between urban
and rural areas have contributed to the divide, too.
(China Daily 01/05/2007 page4)
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