Quang Nam uses provincial budget for citizens to celebrate Tet festival

The People’s Committee in the central province of Quang Nam has decided to spend VND127 billion (US$5.6 million) from its budget on assisting local citizens to celebrate the Tet festival coming on January 28.

Thanh Ha ward, Hoi An city, Quang Nam is submerged after a heavy rain fueled with hydropower reservoir release of floodwater in December 2016 (Photo: SGGP)

The funds will be transferred to districts half a month before the Tet for citizens to prepare for the upcoming Tet. In addition, over 1,700 residential areas will receive VND15 million ($662) each to organize amusement programs for locals.

At present, 46,200 flood hit and poor households in the province need rice assistance for the Tet holiday with the total volume of nearly 2,000 tons, reported the committee. Only three localities including Tam Ky city, Hoi An city and Nam Giang district have not proposed to receive the relief.
 
The provincial Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs said it had paid social allowances in the first two months of 2017 before the Tet for beneficiaries to prepare for the upcoming Tet.

Chairman of the committee Dinh Van Thu said that Quang Nam would not let off fireworks or visit central government leaders in Tet holidays and use saved amount of money to take care of the poor and families under preferential treatment policies in accordance with instructions by the Central Party Committee and the Prime Minister.

Mr. Thu said that despite being affected by storms and floodings in 2016, Quang Nam had not asked for rice assistance from the central Government but used its budget to relieve flood hit citizens.

By Nguyen Khoi – Translated by Hai Mien

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