Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — HCM City plans to spend VNĐ800 billion (US$34.5 million) to take care of people living in difficult circumstances and people who provide meritorious services for the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday, a year-on-year increase of VNĐ35 billion ($1.5 million).
An extra VNĐ500 billion ($21.5 million) is expected to be raised from donors this year, increasing the total fund for Tết to VNĐ1.3 trillion ($56 million).
Former senior Party and government officials, intellectuals, Vietnamese heroic mothers, war invalids and revolutionary activists in resistance wars affected by chemical toxins will receive Tết gifts worth VNĐ3.1 million ($133) each.
Other Tết support will be offered to families who are beneficiaries of state policies but are ill or living in difficult circumstances.
A gift valued at VNĐ1.7 million ($72) will be presented to each wounded or ill soldier, and to individuals who have been awarded “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” and “Labour Hero” titles.
Other beneficiaries of State policies will receive gifts worth VNĐ1.3 million ($56) each.
Gifts worth VNĐ1.15 million ($49.5) each will be given to households in the city that have recently escaped from poverty, and to 130,000 people with disabilities, people who are given social protection, and people over 80 years old.
The city has also prepared gifts for families of soldiers who are on duty on the Trường Sa (Spratly) Islands and to people working at the oil rig safeguarding post No1 (DK1), and to those participating in the UN peacekeeping force.
The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said two kinds of gift would be given to people with recognised contribution to the national revolution. The two gifts will be worth VNĐ400,000 ($17.2) or VNĐ200,000 ($8.6) each.
The gifts and donations for Tết are estimated to be worth over VNĐ362 billion ($15.6 million). — VNS