Disadvantaged people supported to enjoy Tet holiday hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Ministries and localities nationwide have been implementing various programmes to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds enjoy the Lunar New Year, the biggest and most important holiday in Vietnam.

Specifically, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has directed localities to use local budgets to support needy households.

The ministry has proposed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approve the provision of more than 9,250 tonnes of rice for more than 562,600 people in Nghe An, Tuyen Quang, Ninh Thuan, Yen Bai, Cao Bang, Binh Dinh, Quang Binh, Lai Chau, Ha Giang, Phu Yen, Gia Lai, Lang Son, Kon Tum and Hoa Binh provinces.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF)’s chapters have joined activities to take care of poor families on Tet holiday such as distributing money from the “For the poor” fund to 53 provinces, and raising 6 billion VND from a text messaging campaign. This money has been sent to some northern and Central Highland provinces to buy blankets and clothes for needy children.

Through the movement “Tet for the poor and Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims”, the Vietnam Red Cross Society raised 51.2 billion VND (2.2 million USD) and received more than two million gift packages to present to poor households, AO/dioxin victims and families affected by natural disasters in 2018, as well as social policy beneficiaries.

Most recently, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, head of the central steering committee for national target programmes in 2016-2020, agreed on the use of 6.3 billion VND raised through the national humanitarian portal 1400 in 2018 for supporting disadvantaged people in remote, mountainous and ethnic minority areas.-VNA