The Ministry of Civil Affairs has recently issued a “Notice on Further Active Social Organizations in Coordinated Promotion of Epidemic Prevention and Control and Economic and Social Development”.
The notice requires that the ministry-managed social organizations must resolutely implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech on coordinating and advancing the prevention and control of the novel pneumonia epidemic and economic and social development.
The notice emphasizes that the ministries and social organizations must “resolutely grasp the epidemic prevention and control work, keep a clear head, continue to take epidemic prevention and control as the top priority and the most important task at present, and strictly implement the epidemic prevention and control of local party committees and governments and relevant industry authorities, and continue to do a good job of epidemic prevention and control in their own units.”
The notice further points out that social organizations must “resolutely promote the orderly resumption of work and production, coordinate the epidemic prevention and control and actively assist other departments to resume work and production.” They must also “resolutely help overcome poverty and take advantage of professional technology; give full play to the advantages of mobilizing resources and mobilize more charitable forces to fight poverty; take advantage of voluntary services to provide professional services for the poor”. It is also stated that it is strictly prohibited to engage in unrelated activities under the banner of poverty alleviation, and the concerned organizations must accept the supervision of all parties in the society.