Tet gifts come to locals in Can Gio district (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs will increase financial support for poor people and social policy beneficiaries on the occasion of the Lunar New Year 2016.

People who have significant contributions to the national revolution including senior revolutionists, Vietnamese heroic mothers, wounded soldiers and Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims will receive between 1.06 million VND (46.64 USD) and 2.6 million VND (114.4 USD) in cash.

The city sets to grant 950,000 VND (41.8 USD) to former political prisoners and 1.5 million VND (66 USD) to families of soldiers doing their missions in Truong Sa (Spartly) archipelago.

Those enjoying social protection and old people aged above 80 years will get an allowance of 950,000 VND for Tet holiday.

Vice President of the Ho Chi Minh City’s Red Cross Society Nguyen Binh Tru said the municipal People’s Committee has launched a campaign to take care of poor people and AO victims across the city in 2016.

In addition to presenting 62,000 gift packages to underprivileged households, AO victims and poor patients under treatment at hospitals, the Society will provide 45 cows worth over 1.35 billion VND (59,400 USD) for poor farmers in Binh Chanh, Cu Chi, Hoc Mon, and Nha Be districts as part of the “cow-bank” programme.

It will also coordinate with the Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) in Vietnam to give free health check-ups, treatment and medicine to the needy in Cu Chi district as well as in Binh Phuoc, Binh Thuan, and Phu Yen provinces.

From January 10 to February 5, the city’s youth union will host a number of activities to bring a warm Tet holiday to disadvantaged children.-VNA