Residents in Can Gio district, HCM City are presented with Tet gifts (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered all ministries, ministry-level agencies, Government bodies and provincial People’s Committees to hasten preparations for the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, which will come in the next fortnight.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance were asked to ensure the supply of goods and price stability, particularly in rural, mountainous and insular areas. They must strengthen the fight against smuggling, trade fraud, counterfeit and low-quality goods, explosives, firecrackers and weapons.

The Ministry of Public Security must crack down on crime and prevent any terrorist schemes to safeguard national security, social order and safety during Tet. Stringent punishments must also be imposed on traffic violations, as well as firecracker production, trafficking and transport.

The PM tasked the Ministry of Transport with satisfying travel and goods delivery demand, which will surge before and after the holiday, and tackling traffic congestion on key roads and in big cities.

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development were ordered to control food hygiene and safety at food processing and selling facilities and markets, and to seriously punish violators.

The Cabinet leader also told the Ministry of Health to have personnel and equipment ready for Tet.

Additionally, provinces and centrally run cities nationwide were asked to ensure a happy holiday for all residents by visiting and sending Tet gifts to low-income families, people who rendered service to the nation, the disadvantaged and other social policy beneficiaries.-VNA