October 17 is the fifth national poverty alleviation day and the 26th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Since this year, CHINA RAILWAY has been fully implementing the strategic decisions of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on winning the battle of targeted poverty alleviation, insisting on building China's strength in transportation and achieving advanced railway development, and marking further efforts to strengthen the foundation, reach the standards as well as improve both quality and efficiency. CHINA RAILWAY has made remarkable achievements in the aspects of poverty alleviation by infrastructure construction, transportation improvement and targeted poverty alleviation, giving full play of railway's role in supporting and spearheading the poverty alleviation and unveiling a new chapter of poverty alleviation through railway development.
This year, the mid-stage assessments of the 13th Five-year Plan on Development of Modern Integrated Transportation System and the 13th Five-year Plan on the Program to Revitalize Border Areas and Enrich the People Living There have been successfully completed, and the railways including Chongqing-Guiyang Railway and Kunming-Chuxiong-Dali Railway have been completed and put into operation; the Action Plan for Railway Construction (2018-2020) has been issued as a framework document to guide the implementation of railway projects and use of railway fund. The Railway Sector has actively organized the construction units to participate in the poverty alleviation through railway development, by preferentially selecting local labors and renting local construction machinery, and providing training to local labors and rural migrant workers in the construction process so as to give full play to railway development on driving the economic development in poverty-stricken areas.
To give full play of the role of railways as the "locomotive" and "vanguard" in poverty alleviation, the Railway Sector has introduced and implemented a series of highly targeted policies and measures with industry characteristics this year to bring the people in the poverty-stricken areas more sense of gains. In terms of passenger transport, the Railway Sector seized the opportunity of the operation of Kunming-Chuxiong-Dali Railway and Jiangmen-Zhanjiang Railway and raised the number of trains operating in the poverty-stricken areas; the Railway Sector continued the normal operation of the 81 pairs of public-beneficial "slow trains" and created a series of "slow trains" such as "Yi Nationality's Culture" of China Railway Chengdu Group Co., Ltd., "National Unity" of China Railway Urumqi Group Co., Ltd., "Caijiaya Train" of China Railway Taiyuan Group Co., Ltd. and "Slow Voyage in Western Hunan" of China Railway Guangzhou Group Co., Ltd. Currently there are 116 trackless railway stations providing services like ticket purchasing, train waiting and high-speed railway express delivery are constructed along the line, effectively meeting the travel demands of the passengers in the remote areas. The passenger transport department also provides targeted ticketing service to the migrant workers in poverty-stricken areas, and 850,000 group tickets in total were sold to the migrant workers during the Spring Festival peak season this year.
In terms of freight transport, the Railway Sector prepared the plans to allocate the transport capacity and resources in time and organized rush transport of the seasonal agriculture goods and materials such as cotton in Xingjiang Autonomous Region, the grain in Northeast China and chemical fertilizer for spring ploughing; the Railway Sector organized the operation of non-stop trains of mass freight such as electrical coal in the poverty-stricken areas, and the year-on-year growth rate of the average daily loaded freight trains and originated volume was greater than 20% in the poverty-stricken areas. China Railway Harbin Group Co., Ltd. actively responses to the transportation need by providing multiple types of wagons including the box wagon, gondolas, container, bulk grain wagon and 20-feet 35t open-top container, and offering flexible princes to fully support the outward grain transport from the poverty-stricken counties and cities. China Railway Nanning Group Co., Ltd. supported the transport of the characteristic agricultural products including fruits and vegetables from the old revolutionary base area of Baise, and was dedicated to building the brand of " Vegetable Transport South-to-North ".
In addition to serving the people's livelihood, the railway sector also innovated the idea of poverty alleviation through transportation development, broadened the ways of accurate poverty alleviation through railway tourism, and organized relevant departments and units jointly with local governments and enterprises to develop the tourism products in the poverty-stricken areas and jointly organize the tourism theme promotion activities, so as to drive the local economic development. China Railway Beijing Group Co., Ltd. and China Railway Shanghai Group Co., Ltd. used the local government subsidy funds for the development and operation of special trains for characteristic poverty alleviation tourism, and successively operated the special trains for tourism running towards Hetian, Aksu and other areas in Xinjiang. China Railway Ji’nan Group Co., Ltd. operated the special trains for theme tourism of "Go To Anshun" and "Go To Longnan"; China Railway Xi'an Group Co., Ltd. operated Xi'an-Mianxian-Hanzhong special trains for poverty alleviation through "flower tours, tea tasting and love offering"; China Railway Nanchang Group Co., Ltd. operated Pingxiang-Longyan tourist passenger train for " journey to the old revolutionary bases", driving the development of the local tourism industry. China Railway Lanzhou Group Co., Ltd. developed the "railway journeys around the west" series products and established the "special area of poverty alleviation" to demonstrate the intangible cultural heritage and native products with regional characteristics such as paper cuts and embroideries. Since January 18 this year, the railway sector also started providing the on-line specialty reservation service, selling online 17 kinds of goods from 10 national-level poverty-stricken counties and thus saving more than RMB 29 million marketing and advertising expenses for the poverty-stricken areas. China Railway Zhengzhou Group Co., Ltd. built the "Luanchuan Impression Flagship Store" at Zhengzhou East Railway Station, to popularize the local special products of Luanchuan and help improving its popularity. China Railway Qinghai-Tibet Group Co., Ltd. opened the counter of "Qaidam agricultural and sideline products exhibition and sales for accurate poverty alleviation through common railway-local-government cooperation" at Xining Station, achieving extensive social advertising effect.
Since this year, the members of CHINA RAILWAY's leading group of poverty alleviation and development implemented the divisional responsibilities and actively promoted the poverty alleviation work according to the site survey conditions; all units and departments have spared no effort to help achieving the poverty alleviation by increasing the input of manpower, financial resources and material resources, while insisting on the basic strategy of accurate poverty alleviation and elimination and orienting to improving the poverty alleviation effectiveness. According to different poverty alleviation situation and tasks in the 4 counties (districts) including Luanchuan in Henan Province, Mianxian in Shaanxi Province, Yuanzhou District, Guyuan in Ningxia and Hetian in Xinjiang, CHINA RAILWAY and relevant local railway group companies assigned 75 poverty alleviation leading cadres; CR Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Lanzhou and Urumqi Group Companies implemented 19 poverty alleviation projects with the poverty alleviation funds provided by CHINA RAILWAY. CR Zhengzhou Group Company funded the transformation of farmhouses and the construction of railway integrated service center; CR Xi'an Group Company promoted the agriculture and tourism combined poverty alleviation projects of edible fungi workshop and rape and rice theme park; CR Lanzhou Group Company funded the poverty alleviation demonstration chicken raising workshop and the resettlement arrangement supporting project; CR Urumqi Group Company supported livestock and poultry farming and handicraft workshop building projects.
All local group companies of China Railway actively participated in the poverty alleviation work deployed by the provincial Party committees and governments, according to the principle of compliance with laws and within their capabilities. China Railway Shenyang Group Co., Ltd. organized more than 80 party members, common people and village representatives to carry out the poverty-stricken family aiding activity; the Youth League committee of China Railway Taiyuan Group Co., Ltd. went to Yutou Village and Duanjiagou Village to carry out the activity of "Youth Self-care Action", providing school supplies, stationery commodity and safety publicity and education to the children there; China Railway Hohhot Group Co., Ltd. actively promoted the "feeding and captive breeding" project in Fugui Village and officially listed it as the pilot project of Siziwang Banner in Ulanqab; China Railway Wuhan Group Co., Ltd. strengthened its cadre work style construction and promptly and truly filled in the village-resident work records and logs; China Railway Kunming Group Co., Ltd. carefully organized and carried out the special action of poverty-stricken household census and visit by "improving work style, conducting great research, with accurate focus, and promoting the implementation", accurately improved the poverty alleviation measures, promoting the in-depth development of railway poverty alleviation.