City leaders offer tributes, Tet greetings to Vietnam Buddhist Sangha

A delegation of leaders from the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, the People’s Committee, the People’s Council and the Fatherland Front paid a visit to the southern office of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Central Committee on January 14 to offers Tet greetings.

Le Thanh Hai ( second, L), Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee offers Tet gifts to the religious leaders of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha on January 14 (Photo:SGGP)

The delegation was led by Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, who offered his best wishes to the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and the City Buddhist Sangha, Buddhist dignitaries, monks, nuns and followers.

Mr. Hai said that despite many difficulties last year, the city had recorded tremendous socio-economic achievements showing a growth rate 1.7 times higher than the national average rate.
Faced with inflation and price hikes, the city effectively implemented social welfare programmes and provided better care for the poor.

By late 2011, the number of poor households with per capita income below VND12 million per year dropped to 5.3 percent, enabling the city to record the lowest number of poor households in the country.

Mr Hai attributed these results to the great efforts of the Buddhist clergy and followers who had made positive contributions to the development of both the city and the country.

Most Venerable Thich Tu Nhon, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Executive Council and Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, Head of the Municipal Buddhist Church Executive Council, thanked the Party and State for their attention to religious followers, affirming that the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha would stand side by side with the Party Committee, authorities and people to overcome all obstacles and boost the city’s development.

On the same day, Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee visited poor households along the U Cay Canal in District 8.

Meanwhile, the Labour Union of HCMC organized a meeting to offer Tet gifts, worth VND600,000 each, to 500 poor workers in the city.

By staff writers – Translated by Son Ha

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