Tra Vinh allocates residential land for ethnic minority households hinh anh 1A Khmer household in their new house in Tra Vinh built with support of the local administration (Photo: VNA)

Tra Vinh (VNA)
– The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh is allocating over 36 billion VND (1.58 million USD) to provide residential land for 1,474 poor local households of the Khmer ethnic minority group.

The sum, of which nearly 32.8 billion VND (1.44 million USD) comes from the State budget and the rest from local budget, is the second round of assistance that the province has given to the needy in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Decision 29/2013/QD-TTg on land and employment policies for ethnic minority people in the Mekong Delta region.

In the 2014-2016 period, the province offered 728,712 square meters of residential land worth 65.2 billion VND (2.86 million USD) to 2,010 ethnic minority households.

In addition, the Tra Vinh branch of the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies also provided loans worth over 38 billion VND (1.67 million USD) in total to 3,795 ethnic minority families to help them stablise livelihoods and develop production.

Kien Banh, deputy head of the Tra Vinh Division of Ethnic Affairs, said that Tra Vinh  has nearly 328,000 Khmer people, accounting for 31.5 percent of the province’s population.

Over the past years, the province has paid great attention to improving their living conditions.

In 2016, the number of poor households in the province was over 30,000, down more than 2 percent compared to the figure in 2015, with poverty ratio among the Khmer community dropped by 2.66 percent.-VNA