At the meeting (Photo VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has stressed the need to get people and businesses involved in social welfare to create high social consensus for economic development and national defence-security.

He was speaking at a meeting in Hanoi on December 21 to review the five-year implementation of Resolution 15/NQ-TW adopted by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)’s 11th Central Committee on social policy issues in 2012-2020.

The Deputy PM urged ministries and localities to continue reviewing policies of poverty reduction and social welfare.

On employment, Deputy PM Dam said it is necessary to improve employment quality and labour productivity through encouraging new firms, thus creating more jobs, and developing human resources training.

He asked localities to examine the vocational training system in 2018, especially for rural workers, and improve social infrastructure at industrial parks.

The education and training work needs the involvement of the whole society, focusing on supporting students in remote and underprivileged areas, as well as children from disadvantaged backgrounds, Dam said.

Regarding public health, the deputy PM required the health sector and related agencies to continue improving public healthcare services, reinforcing the operation of medical facilities at grassroots level, and providing initial health care for people, especially welfare beneficiaries and elderly people.

The Government official told the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Welfare, and the Ministry of Information and Communication to develop social welfare cards – which could be used for payment.

According to reports at the meeting, the number of people joining social insurance has increased around 3.2 million over the past five years to reach 13.8 million in 2017 (accounting for 25.76 percent of the labour force).

The proportion of people covered by health insurance increased to 85.59 percent in 2017 from 59.1 percent in 2012.

As of the end of 2017, around 2.78 million people are receiving monthly social allowance.

The country has completed educational universalisation at kindergarten, primary and secondary levels. As much as 88.2 percent of rural population got access to hygienic water as of October 30, 2017. -VNA