Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan presents gifts to needy people in Tien Giang. (Source: VNA)

 Tien Giang (VNA) – Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan presented 100 gifts to families of social welfare policies, poor households and victims of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang during her pre-Tet visit to the locality on February 4.

She also granted another 200 gifts to children with disabilities and their peers in extreme difficulties in the province.

On this occasion, the top legislator attended a programme in support of the poor, needy children and AO victims jointly held by the Vietnam Red Cross Society, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the National Fund for Vietnamese Children.

At a working session with local leaders, NA Chairwoman Ngan asked them to pay attention to social policy beneficiaries, the poor, children in special difficulties and AO victims, along with socio-economic development, and national defence and security.

She also lauded achievements the province recorded in 2017, with gross regional domestic product (GRDP) expanding by 9 percent, budget collection at over 7.3 trillion VND (321.2 million USD), up 4.9 percent against the set yearly target and 10.7 percent year-on-year, and export turnover at 2.5 billion USD.

In 2018, the province’s GRDP is expected to grow by 9-9.5 percent while its per capita income is projected at up to 48.2 million VND (2,121 USD) annually and export revenue at 2.65 billion USD. The number of poor households is hoped to reduce by 3.69 percent.

NA Chairwoman Ngan on February 3 paid a pre-Tet visit to the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, where she presented more than 3,500 gifts worth some 2.5 billion VND (110,000 USD) to families of social welfare policies, needy children, poor households and AO victims.

She also attended a ceremony to hand over 140 houses, six education facilities and medical equipment funded by Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) to Ben Tre.

Earlier, the top legislator and her entourage visited families of martyrs and war invalids in Chau Thanh district, Ben Tre province.

On February 4, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh visited workers in the Mekong Delta province of Long An ahead of the Lunar New Year, praising their contributions to national socio-economic development.

The same day, head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee's Commission for Mass Mobilisation Truong Thi Mai and representatives of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour presented Tet gifts to workers of the metro route No. 1 in Ho Chi Minh City. -VNA