Third of Moon administration’s policy objectives on welfare, environmental and culture

Third of Moon administration’s policy objectives on welfare, environmental and culture


Throughout this week, we are dissecting the
Moon administration’s policy blueprint. A five parter to closely examine the five
main policy objectives. For our fourth installment our zooms in on
welfare, environment and culture Thirty-two out of the 100 policy goals are
about Korea’s welfare, environmental, educational and cultural policies,… which are grouped
under the title of “Government Taking Responsibility for People’s Livelihoods.” One of the Moon administration’s clearest
goals is building the foundation of a so-called “inclusive welfare state.” Through a diverse range of benefits and financial
aid,… the government aims to decrease the poverty rate from twelve-point-eight percent
in 2015,… to around eleven percent by the end of 2022. The government plans to increase the state
monthly pension from the current 180 U.S. dollars a month to about 270 dollars by the
end of President Moon’s term. The government will also fully fund childcare
services from next year,… and aims to increase the attendance rate of public kindergartens
from 25 percent this year,.. to 40 percent by 2022. The government also aims to gradually make
the country’s high school education free of charge,.. from 2020,… and complete the process
by 2022. Currently, only elementary and middle school
education is free in Korea. Strong environmental policies are also key. The government aims to decrease fine dust
levels by 30 percent by 2022. To that end, it plans to close ten coal power
plants,… which are over 30 years old,… over the next five years. The government will also continue to temporarily
shut down coal power plants every spring,… to lower fine dust levels. The government will support renewable energies,…
and cancel further construction of nuclear power plants over the long-term. However, due to some opposition,… those
plans still need further discussion at the National Assembly. Efforts to eliminate social discrimination,
protect the rights of creators of cultural products and guarantee low-earners the right
to enjoy culture will also be strengthened. Park Ji-won, Arirang News.

Daniel Yohans

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