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An Giang Province to reduce number of poor households

Update: September, 21/2018 - 18:14
An Giang province is providing houses, health insurance and jobs for the poor.—VNA/VNS Photo Trần Việt
Viet Nam News

AN GIANG — The Mekong Delta Province of An Giang aims to reduce the number of poor households this year to 3.9 per cent.

The province had 45,789 poor households in 2016, or 8.5 per cent of the total. The rate fell to 5.2 per cent last year.

The People’s Committee of An Giang Province on Thursday held a conference to evaluate the poverty reduction programme in the 2016-20 period.

Since 2016, the province has supported vocational training programme for 75,400 workers, created jobs for 91,697 people, and reduced the unemployment rate in the urban area to 4 per cent.

The province has provided 792,692 health insurance for the poor, and provided houses for 1,167 poor households from loans and the provincial budgets.

The province has supported 66,920 households with total loans of VNĐ1.5 trillion (US$64.4 million).

In addition, the province has policies to support legal aid, electricity, and water for the poor.

Nguyễn Thành Bình, deputy chairman of People’ Committee of An Giang Province, said that poverty reduction was effective but not sustainable.

Vocational programme and jobs creation for people in rural areas is still not effective.

Bình instructed the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affair to raise public awareness, and localities to review and classify households in the province. —VNS

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