PM approves additional funding for survey on ethnic minorities hinh anh 1Ilustrative image (Photo:VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has agreed to give an additional 99.8 billion VND (4.4 million USD) from the national budget for a survey to collect information on socio-economic situations of 53 ethnic minority groups in 2015.

Of the figure, 95.2 billion VND (4.2 million USD) will go to the Ministry of Investment and Planning (MPI) and the remaining is for the Government Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs.

The investigation, the first of its kind, aims to compile statistics on population, incomes, housing and other socio-economic indicators of ethnic minority groups to serve the compilation of the national statistical system and the statistical system on ethnic affairs in order to design socio-economic development policies for ethnic-inhabited areas.

The results of the survey will also serve as a foundation to form a data system on ethnic minorities in Vietnam.

Ethnic minority region targeted by the survey is defined as an area where the number of ethnic minorities accounts for at least 30 percent of the local population.

The investigation scope includes 51 centrally-run cities and provinces.-VNA