Changsha ensures warm festival for all
With the snow in the New Year yet to melt, the town of Dahu at the foot of Mount Dawei is beaming and bustling with excitement as the Spring Festival atmosphere heats up.
Even the poverty-stricken households get their blessings. Yi Lianhong, top leader of Changsha city, says during a visit to Dahu on Feb 3, "We won't leave a single family in strained circumstances behind. The government will ensure them nice family reunion dinners and a warm, peaceful Spring Festival, like their fellow citizens."
When Yi walks into the yard of Kong Gaocheng in Jinshi village, the mountain mist still clings to the windows. Kong has just lit a charcoal fire, providing more warmth to his humble lodge. Now in his 80s, Kong joined the Party in 1968 and has been active in taking part in the village affairs for almost 50 years.
Changsha Party Chief Yi Lianhong speaks with seniors in a nursing home in Dahu town, Liuyang, an administrative district of Changsha, Feb 3. [Photo by Zhou Baiping / Changsha Evening News]
The fog is thinning as the sunlight begins to shine through. "It resembles my life. I've been through a hail of bullets but now life gets better day by day," says 90-year-old Zheng Yiyang, a veteran from the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea.
Zheng adds that now he receives more than 1,000 yuan ($152) in government subsidy every month and there's also a health care guarantee. Changsha's Party Chief assures him that as the city sees rapid development he can enjoy an even better later life in the near future.
Yi also paid a New Year visit to the 72 senior villagers who now live in the town's nursing home. He urged relevant departments in the city to help residents in need and bring them care and warmth.
By Zhang Qiong, edited by Owen Fishwick
Source: Changsha Evening News