China Watch Blog has learnt that Guangdong Province says it will give about 880,000 skilled migrant workers urban household registration this year.
NewsGD.com reported acting Governor Zhu Xiaodan as saying in his maiden government work report to the Guangdong People’s Congress on Friday that the growth target for the province’s economic output this year was 8.5 percent, down from 10 percent.
The inflation target was “around 4 percent.” Zhu said Guangdong was facing a series of problems. A slowing economy, overcapacity in traditional industries, uncertainties in the development of new industries and price pressures would be among the major challenges to the building of a “happy Guangdong” this year.
The government would offer 883,000 migrant workers who had qualified as senior technicians urban household status. He said the government believed public services could cope with the extra numbers.
“The policy can lead to stability as it steers the migrant workers to study skills in the hope of integrating into society,” Party secretary Wang Yang said.
“It will solve the problem of migrant workers coming to Guangdong as a result of economic growth and open the road for migrant workers to integrate into the cities where they work.
“It will give the dream of settling down in the cities to all the 30 million migrant workers in Guangdong, making them behave properly and have a Guangdong dream.”
Wang also said that offering migrant workers urban residency rights would help the province compete with the Yangtze River Delta.
He said it could break the bottleneck that was inhibiting the upgrading of industry in the Pearl River Delta because improving the quality of the workforce was the key to increasing competitiveness.
“We are cultivating skilled blue-collar workers to make the manufacturing industry and clothing industry more competitive,” he said.
Among other preferential policies, the province will provide 400,000 more migrant workers with workplace injury insurance and sponsor 10,000 to study in colleges and universities.
The policies are among 10 livelihood initiatives outlined by Zhu, which include canceling the public security fees collected from the floating population.
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