The Vietnamese Government is planning to spend billions of dong to help the poor and impoverished, the disadvantaged and the war heroes, who cannot afford the expense, to celebrate the coming Tet Lunar New Year.
The Prime Minister has asked the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to plan a program to give gifts to the poor and needy on occasion of Tet Lunar New Year.
Accordingly, the gift plan will be divided into two categories, one with gifts costing VND400,000 and those costing VND200,000.
More than VND393 billion (US$18.7 million) will be given to units and individuals who have contributed to the country.
Vietnamese heroic mothers, volunteers and war invalids, and dioxin victims will be given cash as Tet gifts.
These gifts will encourage people to work harder in their daily life and attempt to escape poverty.
Coupled with State financial assistance, localities nationwide are also making efforts to stabilize prices and assist disadvantaged people for the coming Tet season.
The Red Cross will give gifts worth VND10 billion ($480,000) to 25,000 poor people, Agent Orange victims, victims of natural disasters and Vietnamese citizens living in Cambodia.
Trade Unions of industrial and processing parks in Ho Chi Minh City are giving away 6,000 bus tickets to people hailing from the northern and central regions.
The unions will also visit and present gifts to thousands of people who recently lost their jobs and those who are in hospital. Dozens of companies in Industrial Zones around the City have planned to distribute gifts worth VND3.1 billion ($150,000) to 15,000 workers and hold New Year parties at a cost of VND2.7 billion ($128,570).
Le Thanh Hai, secretary of the City Party Committee confirmed that to ensure workers' rights are safeguarded, relevant authorities will encourage companies to pay salaries and bonuses for Tet and City authorities will support workers if needed.
The HCMC Students Support Centre will help disadvantaged students to the tune of VND2.5 billion ($120,000), including bus tickets worth VND1 billion.
Mobile sales teams will take essential goods to dormitories and industrial and processing parks as part of the City's price subsidized program.