Soldiers at the Sin Sui Ho border guard station in Phong Tho border district, Lai Chau province read VNA's Tin Tuc newspaper (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – As many as 19 publications will be given for free to ethnic minority groups and those living in extremely disadvantaged areas in 2016.

The move aims to boost development in ethnic and disadvantaged areas across the nation, according to a decision signed recently by the Prime Minister.

They include the Nhan Dan (People) newspaper, twice a week; Tin Tuc (News) of the Vietnam News Agency - five issues per week; Nong thon Ngay nay (Countryside Today) Newspaper of the Vietnam Farmers’ Union – five issues per week; Tien Phong Newspaper of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union – five issues per week, among other publications for children.

The project will be funded by the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs’ regular budget.-VNA