As many as 200 gift packages worth about 100 million VND (4,700 USD) were given to impoverished households in Luc Yen and Yen Binh districts of the northern province of Yen Bai on January 27 and 28.

The drive was organised by the Steering Committee for the Northwest Region on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

Deputy head of the Steering Committee Truong Xuan Cu lauded families who made significant contributions to the struggle for national independence.

He also requested relevant authorities implement policies to improve living conditions for impoverished households that focus on economic development and anti-hunger initiatives.

The Steering Committee for the Northwest Region will continue distributing gift packages and 40 television sets to impoverished households in other districts of the province before the annual Tet festival which falls on February 19.-VNA