|Poor families gets Tet gifts in District 4, HCM City. Officials in HCM City have ensured a happy Tet (Lunar New Year) for the poor and others who are under priority social policies through special activities. — Photo qdnd.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Officials in HCM City have ensured a happy Tet (Lunar New Year) for the poor and others who are under priority social policies through special activities.
Speaking on the Listen and Discuss TV talk show on Sunday, Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People's Committee Nguyen Thi Thu said the city had given Tet gifts to heroic mothers and disadvantaged children.
The city has also held activities for workers who cannot return to their hometowns for Tet.
Lam Dinh Thang, deputy secretary of the city's Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, said the union had mobilised more than VND20 billion (US$900,000) from philanthropists for Tet activities for the elderly, island soldiers, youth and workers.
The union has also given 6,000 bus tickets to disadvantaged students and workers to return home during Tet, he said.
Thang said the union had also offered part-time jobs to 9,000 students and workers who were not returning home for Tet.
The union has also organised 150 art performance and cultural programmes to serve people in rural and remote areas, industrial parks and export processing zones, he said.
On Saturday, Vo Van Thuong, deputy secretary of the city's Standing Party Committee, led an official delegation to visit the Youth Social Centre No. 2 in Cu Chi District's Pham Van Coi Commune.
The centre provides treatment for 719 youths, including 600 drug addicts who do not have a permanent housing.
Thuong also paid a Tet visit to Vietnamese heroic mother Nguyen Thi Ghi, who is 100 years old, and two poor families in Cu Chi District.
On the same day, Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam also paid a Tet visit to the city's Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department's Rescue Division, District 2's Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Bureau and several poor families in District 2.
Under the municipal People's Committee's decision, poor households were given Tet gifts each worth VND950,000 ($43).
Social order, security
Tran Duc Tai, deputy director of the city's Police Department, said the department had made plans to ensure social order and security during Tet.
The department will also co-operate with the city's Department of Transport to ensure traffic safety. The city had 14 traffic accidents during the nine days of Tet in 2015, leaving 12 people dead, he said. — VNS