District authorities in HCM City have taken many measures to ensure social welfare after the Government passed Resolution 11 last month to curb inflation and stabilise the economy.

Thu Duc district authorities have got commitments from owners of 3,500 boarding houses not to raise rents until the end of this year, thus benefiting nearly 100,000 low-income workers.

This model has also been followed by other districts.

The Tan Phu District Fatherland Front Committee has instructed all 11 wards to encourage landlords not to hike rents this year, benefiting 15,000 workers.

It has also ordered local authorities to ensure workers and students living in boarding houses are not forced to pay extra for electricity.

Phan Tan Luc, deputy chairman of the Tan Phu People's Committee, said 6,949 families have been provided free health insurance, including 3,507 poor ones.

The Go Vap District People's Committee has ordered the district's 16 wards to set up at least one outlet in every residential area to sell essential goods at fair prices, especially rice, petrol, milk products, and medicines.

District 1 will provide every poor household with 500,000 VND to 1 million VND, Tran Vinh Tuyen, chairman of its People's Committee, said, adding that in response to a call to help poor households, firms have donated a total of 500 million VND (24,000 USD).

For poor households, besides regular support provided under existing policies, there willalso be other support until year-end, Tuyen said.

Vo Khac Thai, deputy chairman of the District 3 People's Committee, said his district has used 1 billion VND (48,000 USD) from a fund for charity and gratitude to support poorest households.

It had also drawn up a list of 107 households who will receive 10 million VND each, and is building 47 houses to donate to poor families, he said.

At an online conference of cities and provinces on implementation of Resolution 11 chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on March 18, deputy chairwoman of the City People's Committee, Nguyen Thi Hong, said besides regular social-welfare measures, there willalso be additional assistance this year, including financial support for very poor households and families that contributed to the revolution.

Very poor households were likely to get an average of 100,000 VND per person per month, she said.

Poor households, or those with less than 8 million VND per person per year, willget 30,000 VND a month to pay their electricity bills, she added./.