HCM City authorities ensure warm Tet for everyone hinh anh 1Seniors who live alone are presented Tet gifts (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has asked district people’s committees, departments and other agencies to ensure everyone has a “warm and sufficient Lunar Tet”, which falls on February 16.

The city’s Department of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs has plans to allocate nearly 1.3 trillion VND (57.2 million USD) from the city budget for these programmes. 

Tran Cong Khanh, head of the labour affairs division at HCM City Export Processing Zones and Industrial Parks Authority (HEPZA), said that 400 enterprises in HCM City’s 15 industrial parks and export processing zones will spend more than 73 billion VND (3.2 million USD) for free tickets, gifts and year-end parties for poor workers, ethnic minorities, and workers at companies that have been closed because of bankruptcy or a slowdown in production.

Workers who cannot return to their hometown for Tet holiday will benefit from HEPZA and their company’s social welfare programme.

HEPZA has called for nearly 6,000 free bus tickets for workers who are trade union members and have financial difficulties, and want to return to their hometown for Tet but cannot afford to buy tickets.

Workers affected by floods and storms last year will be given priority to receive tickets on January 27.

Trade unions at the city’s industrial parks and export processing zones will present 3,000 gifts to workers who have lost jobs due to their company reducing or stopping production.

Enterprises and other agencies in the city’s industrial parks and export processing zones will organize a spring fair to help workers buy standard goods for Tet at proper prices.

The 400 enterprises unveiled bonuses for their employees, with the highest of 950 million VND awarded by a domestic company and 359 million VND by a foreign-invested company.

Most employees of all companies in the city’s industrial parks and export processing zones will receive one month salary as a bonus from 6.2 million VND each at domestic companies and 7.8 million VND at foreign invested firms.

The city’s Women Union has plans to spend more than 2 billion VND for gifts for its poor members and ethnic minorities, poor residents on the country’s islands and those from other provinces who are not returning to their hometown for Tet holidays.

The Trade Union for the city’s Department of Education and Training this year has unveiled its welfare plan for teachers. Teachers whose wives or husbands have had a labour accident or have an incurable disease will be presented 500,000 VND each.-VNA