East China’s Anhui province spent more than 62 billion yuan ($9.4 billion) in social assistance in the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20), up 40 percent from the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-15), local authorities said at a press conference on November 27.
The province has promoted the high-quality development of civil affairs and improved livelihood, grassroots social governance and basic social services since 2016, according to Zhang Dongyun, head of the Department of Civil Affairs of Anhui Province.
The province is providing 1.82 million rural residents with subsistence allowances. The minimum subsistence allowance is about 640 yuan per month in both urban and rural areas, up 41 percent and 135 percent from 2015, respectively.
More than 6,000 orphans, 190,000 de facto orphans and 210,000 children facing other difficulties have received help from the government since 2016. Meanwhile, up to 4.95 billion yuan of allowances have been given to 3.82 million disabled people.
Anhui ranked 5th in the country in terms of number of registered volunteers.