|Sapa Town in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai. PM has approved additional funding for ethnic minorities survey which also targets the ethnic groups in Sa Pa. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng has agreed to give an additional VND99.8 billion (US$4.4 million) from the national budget for a survey to collect information on socio-economic situations of 53 ethnic minority groups in 2015.
Of the figure, VND95.2 billion ($4.2 million) will go to the Ministry of Investment and Planning (MPI) and the remaining is for the Government Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs.
The investigation, the first of its kind, aims to compile statistics on population, incomes, housing and other socio-economic indicators of ethnic minority groups to serve as a compilation of the national statistical system and the statistical system on ethnic affairs, in order to design socio-economic development policies for ethnic-inhabited areas.
The results of the survey will also serve as a foundation to form a data system on ethnic minorities in Viet Nam.
Ethnic minority regions targeted by the survey are defined as an area where the number of ethnic minorities account for at least 30 per cent of the local population.
The scope of the investigations include 51 centrally-run cities and provinces. — VNS