[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission jointly prepared a plan to improve the system with related ministries, including the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, the Ministry of Education and the Korea Forest Service, after analyzing complaints filed by the public regarding fine dust that threatens the health and daily lives of the people.
To protect vulnerable people of fine dust such as children and senior citizens, targets for indoor air quality management will be expanded, and management of air purification facilities installed in schools, senior citizen centers and subway stations will be strengthened. In addition, policy support will be expanded to ensure that the reduction of old diesel cars through early scrapping lead to actual purchases of eco-friendly cars.
Starting in July this year, it is obligatory to install air purification facilities and fine dust measuring devices in kindergartens and elementary, middle, and high schools across the country, and the supply of air purifiers will be expanded to senior citizen centers and subway stations.
In addition, from the selection of the support target in 2020, the residency requirement of the subsidy for early scrapping of old diesel cars will be mitigated.
In order to prevent re-purchasing diesel cars after receiving the subsidy, the government plans to differentiate the subsidy according to the type of vehicle purchased after the early scrapping.
“We will implement measures to improve the system based on the voice of the people, enhancing the perfection of fine dust policies,” said Environment Minister Cho Myung-rae.
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