China News Agency, Beijing, June 8 (Reporter Zhao Jianhua) Chinese Minister of Finance Liu Kun said at the National Finance Agency (Bureau) Directors' Meeting held in Beijing on the 8th that it is necessary to protect the basic life of the people and hold the bottom line of basic people's livelihood.
Liu Kun emphasized that poverty alleviation is the top priority of a comprehensive well-off society and must not be allowed to affect the achievement of the goal of poverty alleviation because of insufficient financial support. Under the situation that the income and expenditure contradictions are very prominent, this year the central government continues to increase the financial input for poverty alleviation, and arranges to subsidize local special poverty alleviation funds of 146.1 billion yuan (RMB, the same below). The fiscal carry-over funds increased by another 30 billion yuan at a time, and the allocation of financial resources was further tilted to the "three regions and three states" and other deeply impoverished areas, the areas under the supervision of the war, and the areas heavily affected by the epidemic.
Liu Kun hopes that local financial departments at all levels should give priority to the factors of poverty alleviation, increase policy support, and take practical and effective measures to overcome the epidemic's impact on poverty alleviation when studying and implementing policies to support epidemic prevention and control, resumption of production, and job stability. influences. At the same time, we must vigorously support other key areas such as pollution prevention, education, and key core technology research to provide a strong guarantee for the comprehensive construction of a well-off society.
He also said that protecting basic people's livelihood, wages and operations ("three guarantees") is a "ballast stone" for maintaining economic order and social stability. The bottom line of the "three guarantees" at the grassroots level must be held firmly to ensure that there are no problems. Affected by the epidemic this year, the fiscal revenue cuts and expenditures further increased, and grassroots “three guarantees” faced greater pressure. The Ministry of Finance will support grassroots "three guarantees" as a top priority in this year's budget arrangement, increase local available financial resources, and enhance grassroots "three guarantees" capabilities.
Liu Kun said that the central government will increase financial support for local governments by taking measures such as adding a new fiscal deficit, issuing special anti-epidemic bonds, and vigorously reducing central government spending. This year, the central government's transfer payments to local governments reached 83,915 billion yuan, an increase of 950 billion yuan or 12.8% over the previous year. The increase and growth rate are the highest in recent years, and the focus is on the central and western regions and difficult areas. Among them, the county-level basic financial resources guarantee mechanism awards and supplementary funds increased by 10%, balanced transfer payments increased by 10%, and transfer payments for young and old and poor areas increased by 12.4%.
At the same time, improve fund management methods to ensure that financial resources sink to the grassroots. Strengthen monitoring and supervision and treasury scheduling, and effectively guarantee the needs of grassroots "three guarantees". The direct funds arranged by the central government this year will fall entirely on enterprises, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, and on social security, subsistence allowances, unemployment, pensions, and people in extreme poverty. (Finish)