Dong Thap (VNA) – Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh visited and presented gifts to social policy beneficiaries, poor households and students in Thap Muoi and Cao Lanh districts in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on February 2.

The gifts were presented to 100 social policy beneficiaries and poor households in the two districts, and 40 disadvantaged students with outstanding academic performance in Thap Muoi district as the country’s biggest traditional lunar New Year festival is approaching.

On the occasion, Binh also visited and extended New Year wishes to officers and soldiers of the provincial Military Command and Border Guard Command.

Meanwhile, the central province of Thua Thien – Hue handed over nearly 250,000 New Year gifts worth 59.7 billion VND (2.5 million USD) to social policy beneficiaries, up over 7 billion VND from the previous Tet festival.

Specifically, more than 28,900 gifts worth over 5.4 billion VND granted by the State President and other gifts funded by the provincial budget valued at 851 million VND reached their hands.

Districts and communes granted 845 gift packs worth 388 million VND, apart from over 9,700 gift packs worth 1.8 billion VND presented by wards and townships.

The provincial authorities offered gifts to more than 201,000 poor and beneficiary households with a total value of over 51.2 billion VND sourced from the local budget, the Vietnam Fatherland Front chapter, mass organisations and businesses.

The Agribank branch in Thua Thien-Hue also handed over 50 gifts, each worth 1 million VND to poor families and social policy beneficiaries in A Ngo commune, A Luoi district.

Last year, the branch spent about 2 billion VND on ambulance cars as gifts to the Hue Central Hospital, bought cows in support of poor households in Hong Thai commune, A Luoi district and built 7 houses of gratitude for local families living in need.-VNA