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Veterans must get preferential policies, benefits: Prime Minister

Update: January, 28/2016 - 10:33
The Long An National Assembly deputies hand over gifts to families of people who served the nation and made sacrifices during wartime in Tan Thanh District. — Photo baolongan.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Relevant authorities should strengthen the implementation of preferential policies for people who served the nation and made sacrifices during wartime, according to instructions from the Prime Minister.

Those who are regarded as having dedicated their lives to the nation during wartime include martyrs, invalids, injured veterans, veterans suffering from Agent Orange, those awarded the title of "Heroic Mother", those awarded a certificate of merit to the country and those awarded the title "Hero of the People's Army Forces".

Relevant departments, sectors and political-socio organisations have implemented the policies in a prompt manner and in accordance with regulations, which helps to improve the spiritual and material lives of those who served the nation in wartime.

However, a review of the policy's implementation showed that some people were unable to access the preferential benefits, or were not offered the full benefits they deserved. At the same time, some people cheated the system to enjoy policies they had not earned.

The Prime Minister ordered relevant authorities to be resolute in handling the current shortcomings and ensure that those who deserve the benefits have full access to them.

Policy implementation

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs needs to collaborate with relevant agencies and provinces and cities' people's committees to examine and inspect the implementation of policies as well as issue strict punishments for violators.

The ministry also needs to resolutely handle the violating cases and recover money if recipients are found ineligible, he added.

The Ministry of Defence will order relevant army agencies to bestow "Viet Nam Heroic Mother" titles to deserving recipients and promptly give authorisation to those who asked to be recognised as martyrs and invalids so that they can enjoy the policies soon.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment is required to allocate funds to implement the housing policies and provide investment to upgrade caring facilities, the PM said.

Provinces and cities' people's committees need to review every case to decide whether they are eligible to enjoy the policies as regulated by the law, he said.

Decree 20/2015/ND-CP stipulates that any person who served the nation in wartime will receive an allowance of about VND1.3 million (USVND1,315,405). In addition to a monthly allowance, they and their spouses will receive other benefits including free health insurance and support in housing upgrades. — VNS

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