Xi to provide drought relief

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BEIJING: Premier Li Keqiang has stressed the importance of flood control and drought relief work, as it is closely related to the safety of people’s lives and property and the overall situation of economic and social development.
All localities and departments should give priority to disaster prevention and combine disaster prevention, disaster response and disaster relief, said Li in a written instruction to a video conference on flood control and drought relief held Thursday. Localities and departments should optimize disaster prevention and control plans, make preparations in advance, strengthen detection, prediction and early warning measures, boost the construction of emergency rescue teams, and ensure that the emergency materials are sufficient and in place, he said.
The premier stressed when necessary, people should be transferred to avoid dangers amid the prevention of natural disasters including typhoons, mountain flooding and urban flooding. Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong, also head of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, attended the conference, calling for efforts to balance epidemic prevention and control work and flood control and drought relief. Meanwhile, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has signed a State Council decree to publish a decision on amending seven administrative regulations and abolishing 10. The changes were made to promote the reform of streamlining administration and delegating power, improving regulation and upgrading services, said the decree.
The regulations include those required by the reform on abolishing and delegating government permits, as well as those that are no longer applicable in practice. For example, the regulations on the development and management of urban real estate were amended to reduce the requirement of certificates, so as to improve the business environment. Among the abolished regulations are the regulations on the implementation of the Administrative Supervision Law, which have been replaced by the National Supervision Law. The custody and education measures for prostitution-related offences were also abolished, following the termination of the “custody and education” system by a decision of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee in December 2019.