SPC official calls for strong judicial support for poverty alleviation

Updated : 2016-02-26

On Feb 17, Shen Deyong, executive vice-president of the Supreme People’s Court, inspected targeted poverty alleviation work in Ningling and Suixian counties in central China’s Henan province.

During the visits, Shen called for strong judicial services and support for China’s poverty alleviation effort.

Targeted poverty alleviation, an essential part of China’s poverty reduction and development, is a major measure to intensify support for the country’s less-developed regions, as well as an important way for government agencies to hear grassroots voices, train cadres, improve working styles and enhance ties with the people, Shen said.

Attaching great importance to targeted poverty alleviation, the SPC will give full play to its own advantages and do its best to help the two counties shake off poverty through cooperation with local Party committees and governments, he vowed.

Shen heard reports on the two counties’ economic and social development and poverty reduction plans. He praised their measures in recent years to boost industrial development, expand employment, increase financial support, step up infrastructure construction and promote coordinated development, which helped advance poverty alleviation programs.

Shen urged courts to uphold justice for the people and bolster poverty reduction with strong judicial services and support. He stressed research and analysis of judicial service needs of the poor; enhanced judicial response; implementation of the concept of an innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared approach; and identification of specific fields to work hard to boost poor regions’ development.

Also, he called for crackdown on corruption and embezzlement of funds for poverty alleviation according to the law and promotion of transparent and proper use of such funds. Economic cases, such as those involving financial support and industrial development, should be tried in accordance with the law to create a good legal environment for poverty reduction. Cases involving people’s livelihoods - such as relocation, employment, medical care and education – should be addressed according to the law to resolve conflicts and disputes in a timely fashion so as to help ensure and improve the people's well-being.

In addition, intensified protection of the environment is needed, and courts should play a role in promoting green and sustainable development of less-developed regions, Shen said.

Courts should provide high-quality and convenient judicial services to poverty-stricken people through setting up litigation service centers, carrying out circuit trials and taking advantage of information technology, he said. Publicity about therule of law is also needed in poor regions in order to create an atmosphere of respecting, studying and obeying the law so that poverty reduction programs can be furthered on a solid legal foundation, he added.

Shen required enhanced leadership and organization of targeted poverty alleviation work, as well as supervision over the implementation of poverty-reducing measures and plans. Research and innovation are also required to improve judicial support for poverty-stricken areas, he said.