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Synchronised social welfare data base sorely needed

Update: May, 30/2013 - 10:44

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has called for the building of a more synchronised national database on social welfare.

Addressing a conference in Ha Noi on Tuesday, Nhan said its development would help enhance the effectiveness of assistance to those in need.

The Deputy PM said that Brazil, South Africa, Chile, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia all used to experience the same social-assistance problems as Viet Nam.

"However, those countries have renovated their social-assistance systems by building up a national database," he said. Nhan also said they had applied advanced management systems to all procedures, including registration, management, payments, supervision and evaluation. This enabled monthly assistance packages to be paid timely and transparently.

"The completion of the system is an important policy to reduce poverty and ensure social welfare," he said.

Under the discussed project, poor households with children aged from one to 15 (or above, if they are still going to school) in the provinces of northern Ha Giang, central Quang Nam and the Central Highlands' Lam Dong, will take part in a pilot scheme to receive support. Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said the project aimed to streamline assistance policies by offering aid packages and social welfare separately.

It also plans to put an end to overlapping social policies and renovate the unsynchronised database, she said.

Statistics show there are more than 2.65 million beneficiaries of social assistance, 5.5 times higher than in 2006. There are 432 centres for social support and nursing, providing care to 42,000 disadvantaged people nationwide. — VNS

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