China will implement a new regulation to promote employment
opportunities for the country's 83 million disabled people.
The regulation, issued last month by the State Council,
requires that disabled people make up no less than 1.5 percent of
the work force of government departments, enterprises and
disabled employees must be given equal promotion opportunities
and equal salaries and social insurance, according to the
regulation which comes into effect on May 1.
Statistics show that China has 82.96 million disabled people but
only 22.66 million are employed. More than 8.58 million employable
disabled people have no jobs, and their number increases by 300,000
Government departments, institutions and enterprises that employ
more disabled people will enjoy preferential tax and other
policies, said the regulation.
Self-employed disabled will enjoy preferential treatment in tax
and other management and registration charges. They can also get
small loans when starting their own businesses, according to the
disabled people living in rural areas are encouraged to engage
in cultivation, stock raising and handicraft industries, and will
be given technical, material and financial support.
Funds to promote employment among disabled people and to provide
them with employment training and services will be part of the
government budget, the regulation says.
Organizations providing employment services to the disabled
should offer free information, training and job introduction
services and compile statistics.
(Xinhua News Agency March 7, 2007)