DAK LAK — Outstanding ethnic individuals and those who had rendered great service to the stability and development of the Central Highlands were honoured at a ceremony in Dak Lak Province yesterday.
|Students study weaving at the Central Highlands Vocational College for Ethnic Youth. The Prime Minister has asked for a greater effort to improve the cultural lives and intellectual standards of ethnic people and ensure social welfare in the region. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Tuan
The ceremony in Buon Ma Thuot City also marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Central Highlands Steering Committee.
Addressing the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed his pleasure at the gigantic development of the region over the past 10 years and the rapid development of the Steering Committee.
Apart from regional development, the most important achievements included the creation of national unity, the gathering of great spiritual power, the continuation of the resilient revolutionary tradition of the ethnic minorities and the building of a strong belief in the Party and State's leadership.
The Central Highlands was still a poor area and failed to tap into the region's potential and strength, Dung said, pointing out the infrastructure was not synchronous and the living conditions of some ethnic minorities was still inadequate.
He asked the Party committees and authorities at all levels, in Central Highland provinces and neighbouring provinces, to make more effort to improve the cultural lives and intellectual standards of ethnic groups, as well as to ensure social welfare.
They must aim to free the Central Highlands and neighbouring provinces from poverty and underdevelopment for the purpose of sustainable development.
He also asked members of the Steering Committee to bring into full play the achievements they had reached over the past decade and strive more to fulfil their assigned tasks.
On the occasion, Dung commended outstanding ethnic minority individuals and those who rendered great service to develop villages, overcome poverty and protect social order and the environment.
He also praised religious representatives who had upheld traditional patriotism and fulfilled their responsibility to society.
The Party and State had always affirmed that religions and beliefs were spiritual needs of the people and considered religious people an inseparable part of the national unity bloc, Dung said.
Senior Lieutenant-General Tran Dai Quang, Minister of Public Security and head of the Central Highlands Steering Committee, said that under the leadership of the Party Central Committee and the Government, the committee had worked closely with the relevant ministries, agencies and the authorities in Central Highland provinces to implement Party and State policies associated with the region, to ensure security and national defence.
Important results had been made in politics, economy, culture and society, Quang said. Added to this, the political system at grassroots level had been strengthened and consolidated as well as the quality of Party organisations, especially those in remote areas, he said.
From a backward regional economy in a state of imbalance, it had made a great change in scale, quality and effectiveness, with a yearly average growth of 12 per cent.
The per capita income gap had been narrowed compared to the national level, socio-economic infrastructure had been developed and ethnic people's living conditions had improved. Many households had become rich and were considered good examples of economic development among ethnic groups.
The ceremony honoured 122 ethnic people, 57 other men and women who had rendered great services to their country and 25 religious dignitaries who had achieved in socio-economic development in the Central Highlands and neighbouring provinces.
On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day on July 27, PM Dung and Minister Quang joined others to offer incense at Dak Lak's provincial monument to fallen soldiers. — VNS