Over 1 million poor nationals receive rice support during Tet hinh anh 1Petrolimex presents rice to Ha Giang residents (Source: hagiang.petrolimex.com.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – Over 1 million poor people across the country were provided with rice support during the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, deputy head of the General Department of State Reserves Le Van Thoi reported.

Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi on February 23, Thoi said his agency received requests from the authorities of 17 provinces nationwide, who asked the Government to provide over 17 million kg of rice from the nation’s storage for 1,145,182 people in need.

As of February 4, the department’s local chapters completed the allocation of rice in accordance with the requests, he added.

Regarding the policy to provide rice support for students in disadvantaged areas, Thoi said each student will receive 15 kg of rice per month within a maximum of 9 months/academic year.

In the first term of the 2015-2016 academic year, about 540,000 students from 48 provinces and cities nationwide were provided with rice support.

Thoi affirmed that the policy contributes to helping students from disadvantaged and ethnic minority areas keep their studies uninterrupted.-VNA