Tibet input 80 pct of finances on public welfare in 2016

These days, the 82-year-old Drolgar Tsomo from Bilin Village, Namshan County of Nyingchi is very happy: she has just moved into the social welfare housing in the county. “It’s so bright and spacious here,” she said, “There’s a TV, heating, and everything! It’s very comfortable to live here.” 

The social welfare housing in the county has received 135 elderly peoplesinceits opening on January 9, 2016.

The institution has purchased furniture, electrical appliances, and other daily necessities, implemented a solar energy central heating system, and built an elderly recreational area, a sun canopy, and a place to dry clothes outside.

The countyhospitaland Tibetan hospital specially send full-time doctors to provide basic medical services to the elderly residents. “We hope that all of the elderly people can be comfortable and at ease living here,”said Zhang Wei, director of Civil Affairs Bureau of thecounty. 

According to the Finance Departmentof Tibet, Tibet’s general public budget of 2016 was 173 billion Yuan(25 billion U.S. dollars), of which about 127 billion Yuan(18 billion U.S. dollars) was invested into public welfare, accounting for 79.8 percent.

What’s more, Tibet has been spendingannuallyover 70 percent of its finances on public welfare in the last four years, within which its public welfare investment was doubled.