The central coastal province of Thua Thien-Hue will spend nearly 70 billion VND (3.1 million USD) implementing a programme on sustainable poverty reduction in 2018 (Illustrative image. Source VNA)

Thua Thien – Hue (VNA)
– The central coastal province of Thua Thien-Hue will spend nearly 70 billion VND (3.1 million USD) implementing a programme on sustainable poverty reduction in 2018.

The locality aims to reduce the rate of poor households by 1.06 percent in 2018 in addition to helping 15,000 needy families access preferential loans from the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies and providing vocational training for 1,200 rural workers, especially those from disadvantaged and ethnic minority areas.

Communes which have been recognised as new rural areas and those registered for the title in 2018 are hoped to have a rate of poor household under 5 percent.

Underprivileged people will also be provided with legal assistance, education and healthcare services.

The province will cover 30 percent of expenses to buy health insurance cards for people living under the poverty line and support 19 communes with the proportion of poor households of over 25 percent in A Luoi and Nam Dong districts.

It hopes to bring down the ratio of impoverished households in Thuong Long and Huong Huu communes (Nam Dong district) and Hong Thuong, A Ngo, Hong Ha, Hong Bac, Hong Thuy, Huong Lam, Bac Son, A Dot, Hong Quang and Dong Son communes (A Luoi district) to below 25 percent by 2020.

The ratio of needy households in A Roang, Hong Kim, Nham, Hong Van, Huong Nguyen, Hong Trung and Hong Thai communes (A Luoi district) is expected to fall by more than 4 percent each year.

According to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dinh Khac Dinh, the province spent over 2.5 billion VND supporting poor communes in A Luoi and Nam Dong districts over the past year, including one billion VND to support production and the remaining to build toilets, houses and essential facilities for water and electricity supply and health check-ups and treatment.-VNA