HCM City to implement third relief package worth 7.3 trillion VND hinh anh 1Ilustrative image. (Photo: thanhnien.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City will carry out the third relief package worth 7.3 trillion VND (around 320.7 million USD) sourced from the local budget to help more households and informal workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Vo Van Hoan, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee.

Speaking at a press conference held by the city’s Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on September 20, Hoan said given complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city and prolonged social distancing, people face more difficulties due to job loss and having no income.

Therefore, in addition to the social security relief packages of the city's Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee and other organisations and individuals, the municipal People's Committee continues to implement the third relief package to help ease difficulties for local residents.

According to reports from the People's Committees of districts and Thu Duc city, there will be about 53,483 poor and near-poor households with about 210,178 people and a large number of migrant freelancers. More than 7.3 million people need assistance.

The package will be implemented on the principle of continuing assisting poor and near-poor households and workers in difficult circumstances who have been supported in the first and second packages as well as adding new cases who need help. Each person will receive 1 million VND.

HCM City to implement third relief package worth 7.3 trillion VND hinh anh 2At the event. (Photo: VNA)

“The ultimate goal of the city is to provide support in a practical, fair, transparent and inclusive way to the most difficult persons,” Hoan said.

Therefore, he said, it was necessary for local authorities to ensure no duplication or omission happen in the distribution of the relief aid, adding that the payment of relief funds should not discriminate between permanent and temporary residents./.