|Authority distributes rice to the poor in Huong Hoa District, Central Quang Tri Province. More than 17,000 tonnes of rice was distributed to more than 1 million poor people across the country during Lunar New Year (Tet). — Photo VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau
HA NOI (VNS) — More than 17,000 tonnes of rice was distributed to more than 1 million poor people across the country during Lunar New Year (Tet), the General Department of State Reserves reported.
The department revealed the value of the support at a press conference held yesterday to announce the work of distributing reserved rice to people in need during Tet and to areas suffering from food shortage this year.
Deputy Head of the GDSR, Le Van Thoi, said the support was undertaken in response to requests from authorities of 17 provinces nationwide which asked the Government to provide over 17, 000 tonnes of rice from the nation's storage for 1,145,182 people each in need of 15kg per month.
As of February 4, the department's local chapters completed the allocation of rice ensuring both quality and quantity in accordance with the requests, he added.
Regarding the policy to provide rice for students in disadvantaged areas, Thoi said each student would also receive 15 kg of rice per month for a maximum of nine months per academic year.
In the first term of the 2015-2016 academic year, about 540,000 students from 48 provinces and cities nationwide were provided with rice.
Thoi said the GDSR has received a decision from the Ministry of Finance to distribute an additional of nearly 33,000 tonnes of rice for those students in their second semester.
He affirmed that the policy contributes to helping students from disadvantaged and ethnic minority areas to continue their studies uninterrupted. — VNS