City mobilizes resources to help poor during Tet

Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, spoke with SGGP recently about the special task to assist and take care of City residents and improve their living conditions, particularly during the coming Tet Lunar New Year.

Hai emphasized that the Party and State always paid attention to the needs of the poor and social beneficiaries. City departments, agencies, businesses and localities have offered preferential loans to low-income earners and provide them with low-cost health insurance services.

The City will issue incentive policies for vocational training, labor export and production subsidy for needy people, Hai said.

He noted that HCMC had won great praise from the international and domestic community for promoting welfare of all residents.

HCMC and many provinces and cities across the country have gone to great lengths to provide relief aid to people living under the poverty line, he said.

HCMC Party Secretary Le Thanh Hai (L) meets people in District 10 (Photo: Viet Dung)

The City Party and People’s Committee also called for local authorities and businesses to further help low-income earners stabilize their lives and enjoy a Happy New Year, Hai told reporters.

A guideline of the HCMC Party Standing Committee is to make maximum effort and focus on making policies as well as implementing practical solutions to take care of workers and the poor, he said.

“First of all we should pay attention to industrial workers, students, poor laborers from other provinces working and studying in the City. The City has proposed a plan to provide financial assistance to policy beneficiaries. The recipients include Vietnamese heroic mothers, war invalids, martyrs’ families, veterans, army heroes, labor heroes, Agent Orange victims, and those who have rendered great service to the nation’s revolutionary cause”, Hai stressed.

“The City will also run a program to mobilize all social resources to help the poor enjoy a better Tet. No matter how difficult, we still have to maintain the fine tradition of the Vietnamese people.”

On the other hand, City authorities will strictly implement the policy of thrift practice and combating waste; all leaders have to spend time and effort to take care of the poor people, Hai added.

Several organizations are in the process of implementing programs to help the poor enjoy the coming Tet Lunar New Year Festival.

For instance, the HCMC Famers Association will build 100 houses for farmers in disadvantaged communes in five of the City’s outlying districts. Farmers will also be issued 2,000 medical insurance cards, 1,000 Tet gifts worth VND400,000 each, and hundreds of scholarships to children in struggling farming families . This year’s program is expected to provide assistance amounting to around VND4 billion.

Source SGGP, translated by Dan

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