The Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) on June 14 continued to be questioned by the National Assembly (NA) on issues on the policies for beneficiaries of State preferential social treatment and ways to narrow the gap between the rich and poor.

Answering a question on the search for fallen soldiers’ remains, Minister Pham Thi Hai Chuyen affirmed the responsibility of the MOLISA in the work.

She advised that families of martyrs work with local agencies of the Ministry of Defence to receive search and DNA testing support.

Regarding policies for people who rendered services for the nation but lost all their original documents, the minister confirmed that the cases will be solved.

The ministry has asked local governments and departments of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs to consider every case to make sure all people that served the nation during the wars get the support they deserve, said the minister.

In response to a question on narrowing the gap between rich and poor people and between regions, especially in Northwestern, Central Highlands and Southwestern regions, Minister Chuyen said it is crucial to actively implement the existing poverty reduction measures.

The Government has allocated thousands of millions of VND for the construction of infrastructure systems in 62 poorest districts nationwide in a bid to reduce poverty in these localities, she noted.

The minister added that the Government has recently approved the MOLISA’s proposal to add 23 districts to the list of poor localities so that they can receive further support.

She said it is necessary to review policies in different regions to ensure that the most suitable policies are designed for each region, while creating conditions for and giving priority to students from remote and mountainous localities to access education and job opportunities.

Regarding Minister Chuyen’s answers, NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said vocational training is an important task that significantly impacts society. Therefore, he asked the MOLISA to review and reshuffle the system of vocational training institutes and their quality to meet the demands of national industrialisation and modernisation.

According to Chairman Hung, it is vital to encourage all economic sectors to get involved in vocational training and enhance cooperation with other countries to improve training quality, while increasing training links among enterprises to benefit themselves.

He asked the MOLISA to pay more attention to sending workers abroad, while keeping a closer eye on recruitment agencies and improve the quality of human resources before sending them to other countries.

The Chairman also requested that the MOLISA expand labour export markets, as the country has only sent 500,000 workers abroad, one half of its target.

He also reminded the ministry to quickly give support to beneficiaries, while exerting more effort to ensure social welfare and reduce the rich-poor gap.-VNA