BEIJING, April 25 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislature deliberated a report concerning conditions and law implementation in prisons, among three reports, on Wednesday, the second day of an ongoing bimonthly session.
Earnings of prison-run enterprises no longer act as the primary financial source for Chinese prisons, said Minister of Justice Wu Aiying during the report to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).
Wu said funding for China's prisons is now mainly provided by central and provincial government spending.
Security conditions in China's prisons have been improved. The number of prisoners who escaped in 2011 was 86.7 percent lower than that of 2005, and cases of serious incidents in jails reduced by 72.7 percent in the same time frame, the Minister of Justice added.
Minister of Water Resources Chen Lei delivered a report to legislators on agricultural and water resources development.
The country's investment in water resources will reach 4 trillion yuan (634.8 billion U.S. dollars) by 2020, Chen said.
Total investment in water resources amounted to a record high of 345.2 billion yuan last year, 231.1 billion yuan of which came from local governments, indicated a separate report from the ministry.
Chen elaborated on problems with farmland irrigation and water conservation projects, suggesting further increasing investment and developing water-saving irrigation and dry farming to a large scale.
He also said in his report that China should proceed with comprehensive water and solid conservation campaign and treatment of rural water environments.
The legislators also deliberated a report on the administration of entry-exit, residence and employment for foreigners, which was delivered by Yang Huanning, vice minister of public security.
China will continue to build a favorable environment for investment, tourism, employment and attracting talents, while effectively preventing and controlling unstable factors involving foreign interests, promised Yang.
The official's report came after a new visa category titled "talent introduction" had been added to a draft law on China's exit and entry administration. The draft law was submitted to the NPC Standing Committee, for its second reading on Tuesday, the session's opening day.
According the draft law, China will issue more green cards and ease restrictions for visa-free entry to encourage more talented individuals from overseas to work in the country.
Harsher punishments may be imposed upon people who enter or exit the country illegally, according to the draft law .
Also on Tuesday, the legislature read a draft amendment to the law on agricultural technology promotion for the first time, and continued reading a draft amendment to the Civil Procedure Law and a draft law on servicepeople's insurance.
Wednesday's session was attended by NPC Standing Committee Chairman Wu Bangguo and Vice Premier Hui Liangyu.
The bimonthly session will end on Friday.