Minister clarifies measures to reduce rich-poor gap

The Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen answering NA deputies' questions (VNA)

The Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen answering NA deputies' questions (VNA)

Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) continued to answer questions put forth by the National Assembly (NA) on June 14 on matters related to policies applicable to low income and disadvantaged people and initiatives to narrow the gap between rich and poor.
Answering a question on the search for the remains of those who gave their life in the wars for independence, Minister Pham Thi Hai Chuyen reaffirmed the commitment of MOLISA to continue to give this program high priority.

She called on families of those who died to work together with local agencies of the Ministry of Defence to receive search and DNA testing support.

Related to policies for those veterans who rendered services to the nation but lost all their original documents, the minister stated her commitment that the cases will be resolved.

The ministry has asked local governments and departments of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs to consider each case individually and ensure that all people who served their nation during the wars gets the support they deserve, she said.

In response to a question on narrowing the gap between rich and poor people and between regions, especially in Northwestern, Central Highlands and Southwestern regions, Minister Chuyen said it is crucially important to implement existing poverty reduction measures.

The Government has allocated thousands of millions of VND for the construction of infrastructure systems in 62 of the poorest districts nationwide in a move to reduce poverty in these localities, she noted.

The minister added that the Government has recently approved a proposal of MOLISA to add 23 districts to the list of poor localities so that they can receive additional support.

She said it is imperative to review policies in different regions to ensure that the most suitable policies are designed for each specific region, while creating conditions conducive to and giving priority to students from remote and mountainous localities to access education and job opportunities.

Regarding the answers of Minister Chuyen, NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said vocational training is an important task that significantly impacts society. Therefore, he asked MOLISA to review and reshuffle the system of vocational training institutes and their quality to meet the demands of the modernized world.

According to Chairman Hung, it is vital to encourage all economic sectors to get involved in vocational training and form coalitions with other countries to improve the quality of training, while simultaneously increasing training links among enterprises to benefit themselves.

He asked MOLISA to pay particular attention to sending workers abroad, while closely monitoring recruitment agencies and strive to improve the quality of human resources before sending them to other countries.

The Chairman also requested that MOLISA expand labour export markets, as the country has only sent 500,000 workers abroad, one half of its target.

He also reminded the ministry to quickly give support to beneficiaries, while exerting more of an effort to ensure social welfare and reduce the rich-poor gap.

(Source: VNA)