To celebrate Children's Day this year, Pingtung's Wanluan Township government plans to issue a cash gift of NT$1,000 to each of its minors under 18 years of age, which has provoked controversy. The township mayor stated that the township treasury had a surplus of NT$180 million as a result of personnel downsizing and infrastructure grants, and hence the decision to issue cash gifts.
With only NT$900 per month, parents in Wanluan Township can send their children to the public community preschool, where free lunch is provided by the township government. This year, a total of 2,687 minors under 18 in the township can expect a cash gift of NT$1,000 on Children's Day.
==LI JUNG-CHEN Preschool Director ==
The money can come in handy for the parents. NT$1,000 can buy their children a gift on Children's Day.
==MS. CHANG, parent==
(The money can be used for) milk powder, diapers, or books for older children. I've heard parents from other towns say that they might move their children here.
The township receives NT$170 million annually from the central government. The township mayor's efforts to downsize personnel and bid for infrastructure grants have accumulated over the past six years a surplus of NT$180 million, which has been used for social welfare programs including birth subsidies and old age allowances.
==LIN PI-CHIEN, Mayor, Wanluan Township ==
The money belongs to all Wanluan Township residents. We have not done enough for students in elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools, so we decided to give them a cash gift for Children's Day this year
Despite the controversy, the township mayor believed that issuing cash gifts would not jeopardize infrastructure projects. However, the township has not made the decision to issue cash gifts again next year.
TRANSLATED BY：LUKE CHIANG
記者 李淑蘭 許政俊 屏東報導
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