HCM CITY (VNS)— The chairman of HCM City People's Committee, Le Hoang Quan, on Thursday asked all local departments and agencies to carry out special Tet programmes in a timely manner, particularly for the poor, the elderly, families in resettlement projects and those covered by the State's policies.
At a meeting on the city's economic, cultural and social situation in January, Quan added that the deadline for presenting gifts would be January 30.
The city has teams of individuals and the state offices that will present gifts, he said.
The programmes have been allocated VND523 billion (US$24.9 million), an increase of 52 per cent compared to the same period last year, he added.
Quan also told them to strengthen market management before, during and after Tet to discover price or food safety violations.
Bus stations will also be monitored to ensure that prices are not hiked for passengers or cargo transport.
Between December 15 and January 15, 1,433 inspections have been carried out, and 987 violations occurred.
The Department of Planning and Investment reports that the total retail sales and service revenue in January reached VND59.5 trillion ($2.8 billion), an increase of 18.2 per cent against the same period last year.
The Consumer Price Index is also lower than the same period in the previous year.
Quan asked authorities to remind residents to obey fire prevention regulations during Tet holidays. — VNS