Ton Duc Thang Prize To Be Upgraded

The Ton Duc Thang Prize must be expanded in its scale and increased in its value, according to a directive issue by Mr. Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, who is also chairman of the city’s Commission for Emulation and Reward.

Mr. Bui Van Mien, of Minh Dieu Company, one of the winners of the Ton Duc Thang Prize

To this end, at a meeting held on  Wednesday, the Commission, the city’s Federation of Labor Unions, and the Editorial Board of Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper agreed that the number of prize prized winners should be expanded to 10-20 and the value of prize will be increased to VND20 million (US$1,200) from VND10 million (US$600).

A part of the expenditure for the Ton Duc Thang Prize will be paid by the city’s budget and the rest will be covered by contributions from businesses and organizations, the meeting agreed.

The steering board, organizing board and judge panel of the Ton Duc Thang Prize should include representatives from municipal agencies such as the Committee for Propaganda and Agitation, the Party Committee’s Propaganda and Training Division, and the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the meeting was told.

The meeting also agreed that some relevant experts and professors would be invited to take part in the Prize.

Initiated by Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper and the city’s Federation of Labor Unions, the Ton Duc Thang Prize was established in 1999 to honor outstanding workers who have many technical initiatives that benefit businesses.

There have been 82 individuals who received the Ton Duc Thang Prize so far.

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By Mai Huong – Translated by Truc Mai

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