Localities nationwide asked to register poverty levels of families

A Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has asked localities nationwide to provide lists of families living close to or on the poverty line, for government to provide support.

A rural family living close to the poverty line in Vietnam

Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam sent a dispatch to the departments of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs and has also asked relevant agencies to calculate the personal income of such disadvantaged families during the last 12 months. Calculations must not be inclusive of any financial aid given by the government.

According to the Prime Minister, families living close to the poverty line are those living in cities with an average income of VND501,000 to VND650,000 per person per month and also those families living in rural areas with an average income of VND401,000 to VND520,000 per person per month.

While families living on the poverty line have income less than VND500,000 per person per month in cities and less than VND400,000 per person per month in rural areas.

While carrying out the survey, investigators must invite participation of over 50 percent residents of a locality having impoverished families.

Localities are required to submit their findings to the Ministry no later than November 30 2011.

According to an official investigation released on May 30 2011, the country currently has 3,055 families living on the poverty line and 1,612,381 families living close to the poverty line. Ho Chi Minh City, the southern provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Hanoi have fewer than five percent of families living on very low incomes.

By V. Phuc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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