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Government Plans for Emergencies during Chusok

Sept 14,1999
As Chusok, the Korean Thanksgiving Holiday, comes around, government is granting a total of 1.81 million won living expenses to those in the low-income classes. and awarding 50,000 won 'special consolation' allowances to livelihood guardianship receivers.
On September 14, Minister Cha Heung-bong of Health and Welfare announced at a cabinet meeting under the chair of Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil that he would implement a plan of 'emergency medical treatment and support for the helpless'. He made sure not to cause inconvenience to the public with three measures: first, setting up a central medication support office and maintaining a 24-hour emergency duty system; second, operating an emergency countermeasure by providing public clinic centers; and finally, by making at least one quarter of employees of general hospitals and pharmacies work in shifts.
Additionally, Minister Kim Ki-jae of Government Administration and Home Affairs said that the recently-established price policy, set up jointly with the police, taxation and sanitary-related organizations, has exercised intensive price control over 26 items of agricultural and livestock products since September 6.
He further reported that to prevent any fire disasters, 139 fire departments and 105,000 fire officers would operate a special alert duty from September 22 to 27.



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