Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam asked the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to make improvements to the social welfare policy and mechanism at an online conference in Hanoi on January 22.

The ministry should focus on its vocational training strategy through 2020, including a review of its operation of public-private vocational education centres, while continuing to implement effective policies related to job creation, salaries, labour markets, hygiene, and safety, he said.

The leader described the prevention of social evils, including drug addiction, to be a society-wide mission, saying ministries, sectors and localities must pay heed to the ratio of successful drug rehabilitations at detoxification centres.

He ordered the ministry to continue working with the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee to examine preferential policies for social welfare beneficiaries and concentrate on poverty reduction.

In 2014, the sector created jobs for 1.6 million people, up 3.6 percent from 2013, with nearly 50 percent of the workers attending training courses offered at 1,465 vocational training centres. The percentage of households living under the poverty line dropped by 1.8-2 percent from the previous year.

The outcome was attributed to the ministry’s tireless efforts to ensure social welfare for individuals across the nation. Shortcomings still remain, however, such as job shortages and low labour productivity. Businesses violations of legal regulations on the legitimate rights and interests of the workers are still not detected or handled in a timely manner. Income disparities persist, especially in the northern and Central Highlands mountainous areas.

In 2015, the ministry aims to create jobs for 1.6 million people, over 1.5 million of which working locally and 90,000 employed abroad; reduce the rate of impoverished households nationwide by 1.7-2 percent; and open training courses for at least half the workforce.-VNA