A batch of rice as the Government’s assistance to needy ethnic students of schools in areas with difficult socio-economic conditions has been handed over to the People’s Committee of northern mountainous Ha Giang province.

Under the Prime Minister’s decision dated June 18, 2013, more than 55,000 students of 115 primary and secondary schools in Ha Giang province are eligible for the assistance and each of them will receive 15kg per month for nine months.

Le Xuan Minh, Deputy Director of the State Reserves Department, said the move shows the Party and State’s special attention to ethnic students.

He said he hopes the beneficiaries will overcome their difficulties to continue their education, becoming an important resource to the province’s socio-economic development.

In addition, local authorities have taken measures to help ethnic people against cold weather in recent days.

The Committee has urged district-level education offices and nursery schools to allow students to stay at home during these cold days.

The provincial Heath Department has also asked hospitals and medical units in the province to prepare medicine and equipment for treating patients. Medical centres in 11 districts sent their staff to communities.

Chilly weather is forecast to continue in Ha Giang province in the next few days.-VNA