As China forges ahead to meet the macro-level goals set for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), it is also committed to delivering ever-improving community services to the doorsteps of urban and rural dwellers alike. .
This commitment has materialized in a project for the construction of an urban and rural community service system recently published by the General Directorate of the Council of State.
Coordinated efforts will be made to advance community services ranging from child care, education, medical care, elderly care, social welfare, sports and culture, as well as services aimed at enhancing the sense of convenience and safety among residents, according to the plan.
According to the plan, various types of participants including social organizations, social workers, volunteers and charity groups have been encouraged to join the efforts, market power will be better harnessed and the government will play a better role.
To more accurately meet the public’s demand, the plan also requires efforts to improve the community service evaluation mechanism and promote the incentive system driven by community residents’ opinions.
“The plan will strengthen the accessibility of essential services at the primary level. With a greater focus on the elderly, people with disabilities, minors and families in difficulty, the plan prioritizes the development of community services such as elder care and childcare,” said Wang Aiwen, Vice Minister of Civil Affairs.
During the 14th Five-Year Plan period, the National Health Commission will continue to launch campaigns to increase the capacity of primary-level medical services and nurture more relevant talent through on-demand training sessions and health measures. assistance, said the head of the commission, Fu Wei.
In addition, the competent authorities will increase the accessibility of public service facilities and direct more land and financial resources towards the construction of neighborhood physical exercise facilities.
“We will strive to achieve full coverage of comprehensive utility facilities in urban and rural communities by the end of 2025,” said Ou Xiaoli, an official with the National Development and Reform Commission.