Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc chairs a meeting to review the implementation of several social policy issues for the 2012-20 period adopted by the fifth plenum of the 11th Party Central Committee. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc chaired a meeting in Hà Nội on Tuesday to review the implementation of several social policies for the 2012-20 period adopted by the fifth plenum of the 11th Party Central Committee.
According to a report delivered by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, 24 out of 26 targets had been met.
Among the 9.2 million contributors to national cause across the country, over 1.3 million were entitled to enjoy monthly allowances. Up to 99.5 per cent of households of the contributors enjoyed living standards equal to or above the average of local residents.
Jobs were being created for 1.5-1.6 million domestic workers each year and more than 100,000 were sent abroad for contract jobs. The national unemployment rate was about 2-2.2 per cent and that in urban areas was below 3.5 per cent.
Last year, nearly 300,000 workers joined voluntary social insurance schemes, bringing the total to around 574,000. Some 85.3 million people, or 90 per cent of the population, had taken out health insurance, four years earlier than the target.
About 3 per cent of the population enjoyed monthly allowances, including 1.65 million elderly people.
Concluding the event, PM Phúc called for an end to child malnourishment and improved access to clean water in rural areas.
He emphasised that social policies must ensure comprehensive and inclusive development, while narrowing the wealth gap and reducing social inequality.
In the short term, further attention should be paid to pooling all possible resources to fight COVID-19, with a national social welfare relief package, while continuing to refine laws in various areas and improve the quantity and quality of basic social services, he said.
The PM urged the development of a flexible, diverse, multi-level and modern social insurance system towards social insurance for all, especially voluntary social insurance in agriculture and unofficial labour. — VNS