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New proposal tackles rural poverty

Update: September, 18/2014 - 08:59
Chieng Bang resettlement area in Quynh Nhai District, Son La Province. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called on authorities to provide support for rural migrants, especially those settled in poor areas. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Truong

HA NOI (VNS) — Chairman of the National Assembly Council of Ethnic Affairs, Ksor Phuoc, has proposed re-arranging people to eliminate sparsely-inhabited and poverty stricken areas in the North by 2020.

Vuong Dinh Hue, Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission pledged to devise a plan to re-allocate the workforce at the national level, while ensuring the country maintained sustainable development.

This was revealed at a workshop yesterday where Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called on authorities to provide support for rural migrants, especially those settled in poor areas.

The event was held to address the challenges of increased migration within Viet Nam, particularly from the poverty stricken north-western mountains to the Central Highlands.

Phuc said rural migrants may be able to qualify for new farmland, water and accommodation, as well as improved infrastructure and poverty reduction schemes.

He added that co-ordination between local authorities and agencies would be necessary to help migrants to rapidly developing urban environments stabilise their lives.

He acknowledged that migration was cyclical and inevitable during the industrialisation process.

Phuc said migration helped supplement human resources in localities where they settle, but problems were also significant, including poverty, lack of access to basic services and overloaded infrastructure.

Bui Sy Loi, Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs, proposed that more investments be made in infrastructure and training in rural areas as well as adjusting policies on labour and income. — VNS

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