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Ethnic groups to get better land deal

Update: March, 02/2013 - 06:00

Workers take care of pepper trees in a cultivated area near their households in La Tiem Commune, Chu Se District, in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. A detailed plan to monitor the implementation of the National Assembly Standing Committee's Resolution on land policies and laws for ethnic groups has been made public. It aims to help beneficiaries to build houses and practise farming. — VNA/VNS Photo Sy Huynh

HA NOI (VNS)— A detailed plan to monitor the implementation of the National Assembly Standing Committee's Resolution on land policies and laws for people of ethnic groups has been made public.

This aims to facilitate the beneficiaries in home building and farming, says the government.

Under the plan, the Nationality Council is appointed as the focal point to manage policies affecting the ethnic groups and to co-ordinate between relevant ministries and sectors in the implementation of Resolution 539/NQ-UBTVQH13 issued on October 30, 2012.

Other duties of the Council include making periodical reports to the Prime Minister on the plan's progress.

According to schedule, in the first quarter of 2013, on the PM's desk there must be a detailed plan on policy developments for land allocation, skill training and clean water supply for the ethnic groups in the 2012-20 period; supporting policies for resettlement plans for the ethnic groups in the period 2013-20; and supporting policies for population stabilisation among ethnic minorities practising nomadic lifestyles.

In the second quarter, policies to support near poor households and households which have just come out of poverty living in disadvantaged mountainous regions in the five years from 2012-16 with orientation until 2020 must be ready for implementation.

Under the plan, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has to develop a data base on land use for localities inhabited by ethnic groups, particularly in disadvantaged regions, borders areas and islands,in the fourth quarter of this year.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Planning and Investment has been asked to submit to the Prime Minister's plan to allocate land for housing construction and employment for poor ethnic group households living in the Mekong delta.

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs will review technical training programmes and employment for ethnic groups in the five years 2006-12 and develop special policies to provide training and generate employment for ethnic people who are not engaged in farming.

Central provinces and cities are asked to submit to the PM reports on their population planning, agriculture-forestry land use plan in areas inhabited by ethnic groups and in mountainous regions.

And then in the last quarter of 2013 it will send to the government proposals on how to turn the planning into a reality, particularly projects which will require land transfer, including resettlement, agriculture and forestry land in mountainous regions and border areas. — VNS

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