Government departments should be serious about building
obstacle-free facilities to help the disabled and senior citizens,
said Vice-Premier Wen Jiabao in a letter to a national government
conference held on Thursday in Beijing.
Obstacle-free facilities specially designed for handicapped people
were a necessary part of modern city planning as well as a symbol
of civilization, the vice-premier said in his letter.
Wen urged all the relevant departments to employ sound design and
management of such facilities.
State Councilor Ismail Amat told the conference that effective
systems should be adopted to supervise the management of the
facilities and raise awareness of the need to use them efficiently
and protect them.
(Xinhua News Agency November 1, 2002)