Welfare heating to be stopped in 2007 – Zhu Zhe

 English Doc 2005-12 19 Xin 551202190916976310772 From The China Daily:

residents in northern China will have to pay for their cozy winter living by the end of 2007. A notice issued on Saturday by the Ministry of and seven other ministries urged a commercialized system within two years.

Regarded as a public service, heating has been free for urban residents who work in or governmental organizations in northern China since the 1950s.

But the notice said no work units should help pay the heating fees for their employees, and householders should pay the fee directly to heating .

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