Gia Lai ensures settlement for 3,000 nomad ethnic households hinh anh 1A resettlement area in Ia Bia hamlet, Ia Le commune, Chu Puh district, Gia Lai province (Photo: VNA)
Gia Lai (VNA) – Nearly 3,000 ethnic minority households have been resettled in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai thanks to the province’s efforts to complete more than 100 resettlement projects during 2013-2016.

Over 52 billion VND (2.3 million USD) was splashed out on ten concentrated resettlement projects for more than 660 ethnic minority families. The money was used to level 24 hectares of land, reclaim 29 hectares of production land, construct 13,000 kilometres of road, ten electricity facilities and 21 water facilities and erect six community houses and seven classrooms.

With efficient infrastructure and a production zone, H’Lang village in Chu R Cam commune, Krong Pa district is a standout resettlement area helping alleviate poverty among ethnic minorities. The village was established in 2012 with total investment of 11 billion VND (484,000 USD).

Meanwhile, 94 alternative resettlement projects were carried out to benefit another 2,260 households. Nearly 60 billion VND (2.6 million USD) was spent to build 37 kilometres of roads, four water facilities, 12 community houses and four kindergartens.

Ta Chi Khanh, Vice Chairman of the Krong Pa district People’s Committee, said that ten alternative resettlement areas were built for more than 270 households and two concentrated resettlement zones were completed for some 500 families in the district.

The resettlement sites have adequate facilities for production, he said, adding that capital has been cut for some resettlement projects, posing challenges for the locality.

More than 123 billion VND (5.4 million USD) was allocated to Gia Lai province to implement resettlement projects during 2013-2016.

According to the ethnicity board of the provincial People’s Council, resettlement projects are significant to ensure a stable life for minorities. Upgrades of infrastructure together with high-tech economic models have helped tackle poverty in the province.

However, the board also stated drawbacks when carrying out the projects, with financial support lacking and disbursement of that support slow.-VNA