The implementation of social welfare policies in disadvantaged areas should be designed to respond to basic local demands for food, accommodation and education, stated Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.

Reviewing the two-year implementation of the Government’s 2012-2020 Action Programme for resolution 15/NQ-TW on several social policy affairs, Deputy PM Dam highlighted the positive results of the programme.

He continued by asking relevant ministries and sectors to make additional efforts to utilise State aid more effectively by encouraging beneficiaries to use the aid to develop production and business and avoid dependence on the assistance.

According to a report from the central Steering Committee for the action programme, the budgets for social welfare programmes reached 5.04 percent of GDP in 2014 two years post-programme implementation. Social policies have improved, especially those targeting ethnic minorities and communities in rural, border and island areas.

The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs’ statistics show that over 95 percent of those who have served the nation have access to social welfare benefits.

As of late 2014, the rate of impoverished households stood at 5.8-6 percent, down 4 percent from late 2012. Funds provided to people living in extreme poverty was raised from 180,000 VND (8.28 USD) to 270,000 VND (12.42 USD) per person per month.

The number of policy beneficiaries is currently around 2.7 million, up from 2.37 million people in 2012.-VNA