HCM CITY (VNS)— HCM City will use VND90 billion (US$4.2 million) to present gifts to 130,000 poor families for Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.
Hua Ngoc Thuan, deputy chairman of the municipal People's Committee, said the city would provide Tet gifts worth VND500,000 each to companies that could not afford to give presents to employees.
Thuan announced the news during a working visit to Binh Chanh and Nha Be districts on Monday.
Binh Chanh and Nha Be are among the districts that have the largest number of poor households in the city.
Thai Hong Mai, deputy secretary of the Binh Chanh Party Committee, said the district administration would hand out 36,400 gifts worth a total of VND22.3 billion to the poor, as well as to people who had made contributions to the country and migrant workers who cannot return home for the Tet holiday.
The district will also organise 185 trips to sell goods in rural areas.
On Monday, the Binh Chanh Fatherland Front Committee presented gifts to 100 poor households in Hung Long Commune.
Tran Tan Quy, standing deputy secretary of the Nha Be Party Committee, said the district would present Tet gifts worth VND700,000 each to poor households.
The district has also generated funds from philanthropists that will be used to offer additional gifts worth VND500,000 each, he said.
Nha Be has 2,831 poor households that have an income of less than VND16 million per person per year.
Quy said the district would organise trips to sell goods in rural areas and four Tet market days.
As part of Tet, the HCM City Farmers Association in cooperation with the HCM City Television on last Friday broadcast a programme titled "Do good things for poor farmers in Tet 2014" to collect donations for poor farmers.
The programme received donations worth a total of VND26.4 billion.
Tran Truong Son, deputy chairman of the association, said the money would be used to build 538 charity houses and to buy 2,500 Tet gifts for poor farmers.
In addition, 30 per cent of the fee to buy health insurance would be paid for 7,000 poor farming households. In addition, scholarships for 300 excellent students would be offered. — VNS