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Zhou Shaojun: Young people essential to rural revitalization

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: 2021-03-02 Print


Zhou Shaojun (R) talks with a local villager at a tea garden. [Photo/ddcpc.cn]

Grassroots officials play a key role in implementing government policies and working for the people's well-being, said Zhou Shaojun, a deputy to the National People's Congress and deputy secretary of the CPC committee at Datun village, during a recent interview. Datun village is located in Shiqian county, in Southwest China's Guizhou province.

During this year's national two sessions, which will kick off in Beijing on March 4, Zhou plans to call on the establishment of grassroots assistant teams to improve the publicity of policies and public service quality at the grassroots level.

Years of grassroots working experience makes Zhou realize the importance of talents to rural development. According to Zhou, rural areas have been exporting talents and materials to support urban areas. This talent outflow has been crucial to the high-speed development of cities.

As a result, young people from rural areas choose to become migrant workers in cities, leaving the old, women and children in rural areas and making it difficult for local officials to implement government policies.

For example, Guizhou launched online payment for medical insurance this year to provide convenience to residents. However, many officials at Datun village are unable to use smartphones and teach the villagers.

Thus, Zhou suggests that the government select talented young people with strong work ethic and enthusiasm about people's livelihoods as assistants in rural areas.

Meanwhile, the government should improve the benefits for young people to attract them to stay in rural areas and be devoted to rural revitalization.

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