|Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third right) visits village elders from the Central Highlands provinces. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Son
HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese people have great respect for the elderly, particularly those who hold prestigious positions in the community. Elderly ethnic people often fall into that category, and play a key role in promoting national unity.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the remark when addressing a meeting last Saturday to review the five-year implementation of the Prime Minister's instruction to promote the role of these people among ethnic minority groups.
He urged for clearer recognition of their roles while continuing to implement policies to replicate their examples and create favourable conditions for them to contribute more to safeguarding security and social order.
After five years of implementation, the Party, Government and Fatherland Front at all levels have reported that upholding the role of prestigious elders among ethnic groups is crucial to socio-economic development, building a grassroots political system and strengthening national unity.
In socio-economic development and poverty reduction, elders and their families had many contributions such as donating land and man hours.
Participants agreed that village elders served as a bridge between local authorities and the people, and encouraged them to adhere to Party and State policies and laws.
Minister-Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minorities Affairs Giang Seo Phu said village elders were pioneers and role models who encouraged their offspring and communities to help preserve their cultural values.
A meeting was held on the same day in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to exchange experiences in national defence.
Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang stressed that they were also a valuable supply of information for the police, helping them to effectively fight plots and activities of hostile forces
Representatives from Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong also told their own stories about how they involved the public in safeguarding security and persuaded them to follow Party guidelines and State policies. This had helped to resolve issues related to the activities of reactionary groups, land disputes, protests, riots and illegal border-crossing. — VNS