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Farmers, ethnic groups to be briefed on laws

Update: April, 11/2013 - 10:23
Officials in northern Dien Bien Province in a meeting to raise legal knowledge for local ethnic minority people. Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked authorities from all sectors and localities to overhaul efforts to help farmers and ethnic groups to get to know their legitimate rights written in laws.

Phuc was speaking at a tele-conference in the capital city yesterday to review four years of implementing Project 554 on disseminating laws to farmers and ethnic minorities from 2009-12.

He emphasised the imperative to have good co-ordination between government agencies from the centre down to the grassroots levels during the project implementation.

"To achieve the project's objectives, you should diversify the communication methods to make them suitable to the real situation in each locality," Phuc said.

He asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rual Development (MARD) to work closely with relevant ministries and sectors to implement the 2nd phase of the project (2013-16).

A report presented by MARD Vice Minister Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu said that in the past four years, the project established 10 demonstration models for farmers and ethnic minorities nation-wide, while nearly 179,000 meetings with the attendance of 11.5 million people were organised.

Thu said that in the period under review, 245 competitions on legal knowledge were organised with more than 2.2 million entrants.

Deputy Minister of Justice Nguyen Thuy Hien complained about the snail-like progress of the project.

"By now just about 50 per cent of the set targets are achieved. And only 35 out of 63 provinces and cities nation-wide have approved the projects," Hien said.

Regarding activities for the next four years (2013-16), Thu said the project would focus on some key activities, including a survey on need assessment on legal document dissemination for people living in the countryside, and ethnic minority people.

She also mentioned the need of scaling up successful demonstration projects to other localities, particularly disadvantaged and remote areas in the 28 pilot provinces.

"By the end of 2016, the project hopes to raise the legal knowledge coverage of people living in rural areas to 70 per cent, and 60 per cent for ethnic people living in disadvantaged communes, districts and off-shore islands," said Thu.

Focus of project 554 is on transport and food safety, domestic violence, land law, freedom of religion and beliefs and others.— VNS

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