The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, said today (November 28) that the Government will strive to create the 30 000 job opportunities announced in the Policy Address as soon as possible.
Mr Tung said that some 8,000 new job opportunities would be available before April in environmental improvement, social services and accelerated public works.
"Apart from increasing employment opportunities, the new jobs are necessary in order to enhance our living environment through improvements in public facilities and environmental hygiene," he said.
The Chief Executive today visited work places in Tsuen Wan and Kowloon Tong to see how workers in newly created jobs help to improve the environment.
At Cheong Tai Street in Tsuen Wan, Mr Tung observed workers hired by contractors of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) washing a backlane, removing gum-dirt from the pavement with high-pressure water jets, and removing illegal bills from walls.
Mr Tung noted that FEHD would create some 2,600 jobs through contracting out cleansing work.
The Chief Executive then went to the Oxford Road Playground in Kowloon Tong, where he was briefed on renovation works being carried out by the Architectural Services Department.
Some 30 new jobs have been created for the project which includes reconstruction of the footpath, repair of road furniture, and installation of high fences, lighting and planters.
The Chief Executive noted that some 2,600 new jobs arising from public works would be created by end of next March due to accelerated minor works.
End/Wednesday, November 28, 2001
Photo : The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa,
is observing workers hired by contractors of the Food and Environmental
Hygiene Department removing gum-dirt from the pavement with high-pressure
water jets at Cheong Tai Street, Tsuen Wan.