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New standards to help fight poverty

Update: March, 07/2015 - 08:27
A carpenter, who is a member of the Thai Son Commune Farmers Association in Nghe An Province, works on a traditional wooden design. ––VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI (VNS)  — New multi-dimensional poverty standards should make the fight against poverty more effective, said Truong Thi Mai, head of the National Assembly's Committee on Social Affairs.

The updated standards, which would be applied between 2016 and 2020, will measure shortages in basic needs, such as access to education and healthcare. They would help local authorities allocate resources correctly, she said at a workshop on poverty standards and social welfare policies held yesterday in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

Other delegates at the meeting said the new approach aims to achieve three goals: measuring the shortage, supervising poverty alleviation and policy adaptation, and determining which households will receive benefits.

Nguyen Cao Thinh, deputy head of the General Affairs Department under the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, proposed nine groups of actions that should be taken in ethnic minority areas. He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs to work together to devise goals for reducing poverty in ethnic minority groups and supervising the implementation of the standards.

The workshop was held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; the UN Development Programme; and Ireland's Embassy in Viet Nam. — VNS

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