Regime pensionistico rivela la povertà del Tibet

Nonostante numerose città del Tibet riconoscano un grande sviluppo grazie ai finanziamenti di Pechino, la maggior parte dei cittadini tibetani rimangono confinati in aree rurali ancora molto arretrate.

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As Chinese immigrant-dominated towns and cities in Tibet undergo massive development and modernization, with direct funding from Beijing, most Tibetans remain confined to the still very backward rural areas.The rural population of Tibet Autonomous Region is 2.21 million, noted China’s official Xinhua news agency while talking about a pension plan for them.The report cited the regional government as saying China’s pilot rural pension system now covers the entire TAR, benefiting more than two million farmers and herdsmen. It said the government-subsidized scheme, which began in Nov’09 in seven counties, cities and districts, covered all 73 counties, cities and districts by Nov’10. The report cited a spokesman with the TAR’s human resources and social security department as saying at the annual regional people’s congress session that rural Tibetan resident aged 60 or over now received 55 yuan (US$8.3) a month as a basic pension, and the amount would increase in accordance with social and economic development. The report said residents aged 16 to 59 with personal accounts, which included personal payments, village subsidies, social funding, government allowances and interest, could choose to pay 100 to 500 yuan annually for 15 consecutive years to increase their pensions after turning 60. More than 235,000 rural Tibetans were reported to be aged 60 or over. The smallness of the pension amount and scheme make obvious the state of poverty in rural Tibet.

Fonte: Dossier Tibet, 13 gennaio 2011

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