NA deputies debate merits of lump-sum insurance law

Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang. Photos: VNA/VNS/An Dang

National Assembly deputies spent most of their time on May 27 debating Article 60 of the 2014 Law on Social Insurance during the 9th session of the 13th National Assembly. It involves regulations on a one-off lump-sum social insurance payment. It was the first discussion since a Government report on the Article was presented to the NA last Thursday and later discussed in small groups of deputies. According to the article, employees eligible to receive a lump-sum social insurance allowance when they resign from work are limited. This means only a limited number of people are entitled to payments, while other employees must wait until they reach retirement age to receive a lump sum. In Viet Nam, the retirement age is 60 for men and 55 for women. The majority of deputies agreed with the content of the law, which revised the 2006 Law on Social Insurance and will take effect on January 1, 2016. However, deputies believe the National Assembly should take into consideration, amend or … [Read more...]

NA members debate labour safety, hygiene

The current Labour Code covers just 17 million workers out of the 54 million in the country. — Photo hanoimoi

Lawmakers believed that a law on labour safety and hygiene should be approved soon to create a legal foundation to tackle violations relating to labour safety and hygiene across the country. At yesterday's meeting of the 9th session of the 13th National Assembly, deputies agreed that the law should target benefit labourers, including those who had no labour agreements such as farmers and self-employed workers. Bui Sy Loi from Thanh Hoa Province said that more workplace accidents were occurring, especially in the rural, agricultural and farming sectors. Work place accidents are second only to traffic accidents in Viet Nam in terms of fatalities, with around 600 people killed each year. The current Labour Code covers just 17 million workers out of the 54 million in the country. Around 37 million workers who have no labour agreements, including 24 millions living in rural and agricultural areas, were not protected by the Labour Code, according to Loi. Loi highlighted an increase in … [Read more...]

Nearly 11 percent of households in Hoc Mon district use clean water

Many families in Hoc Mon district in Ho Chi Minh City have not had a supply of clean tap water and used unqualified water from wells instead, reported chairwoman of the People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam after an investigation of the rate of households accessing to clean water source on May 14. Ms. Tam said that the rate of households accessing to clean water source is low. Moreover, she discovered that locals in Xuan Thoi Dong Commune have used smelly water from wells. As per Hoc Mon District People's Committee, by April, 2015, just around 9,270 over 85,309 households in the district are supplied clean water or just 10.87 percent can access to clean water. The rates of these wards including Thoi Tam Thon, Tan Hiep and Tan Xuan accessing to fresh water are 2.13 percent; 3.05 percent and 5,09 percent respectively. A statistic report shows that the district has over 85,000 wells and only 2 out of 229 water samples tested in 2014 are qualified for bathing and … [Read more...]

Social News 14/5

PM approves assessment council for national programmes Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved the establishment of an Assessment Council to assess all national target programmes on rural development and sustainable poverty reduction for the period of 2016-20. The council will be responsible for organising the assessment of investment plans for various programmes and submitting them to the Prime Minister for consideration and to the National Assembly for approval. Its tasks will also include organising the feasibility studies of various programmes and submitting their reports to the Prime Minister for consideration. The council will have the authority to ask organisations or units preparing investment plans to provide relevant documents and information on various programmes to serve the assessment process. If necessary, the council can also ask organisations or units to complete their documents to meet assessment demands and consider and make decisions on assessment plans and … [Read more...]

Tens of thousands of Ho Chi Minh City families have no clean water supply

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Tens of thousands of families in three districts in Ho Chi Minh City have not had a supply of clean tap water and used unqualified water from wells instead, according to a field survey made by the city’s lawmakers on Tuesday. The municipal People’s Council, the law-making body of the city, yesterday organized three delegations to conduct field surveys in District 6, Thu Duc District and Binh Tan District and came to the conclusion. City officials said that the situation has lingered for decades. Hundreds of samples of water collected from wells failed to meet standards of safety and hygiene. The delegation in Thu Duc, led by Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the People’s Council, discovered that locals have used smelly water from wells even though they are close to tap water processing plants. Thu Duc has 4,564 households without tap water supply, according to the district’s authorities. Of the 104 samples of water collected from wells in Thu Duc … [Read more...]

HCM City plans more kinders for migrant workers’ children

The chairwoman of the HCM City's People's Council said the city would build more kindergartens for children of workers at industrial parks and export processing zones. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, National Assembly deputy and chairwoman of the city's People's Council, said the need was urgent to meet the workers' increased demand. She spoke at a meeting with workers at Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in District 7 on May 10. Kinder for 400 Bui Thi Ngoc Hieu, vice chairwoman of the People's Committee in District 7, said the district in March began building a kindergarten in Tan Thuan Industrial Park. It is expected to open by the end of the year and will accommodate 400 to 500 children. Hieu said that one or two more preschools should also be built to meet demand. Student openings at public kindergartens in large cities like HCM City and Hanoi are often restricted. Priority is given to children of local residents, not to migrant workers from other provinces without permanent residential … [Read more...]

HCMC plans to build more kindergartens in industrial, export processing zones

National Assembly deputy Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the city’s People’s Council May 10 had a meeting with workers in Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in district 7, aiming to listen to workers' expectations in industrial parks and export processing zones in Ho Chi Minh City. Before the meeting, Ms. Tam had asked workers about their employment, salary and entertainment. Most of workers said that after working hours, they almost stay in their house to clean the house and take care of their children. No one go out for cinema or other entertainment activities. At the meeting, most of workers said what they concern is the rent. Huynh Huu Phuoc from Nidec Tosok Company said that though the city leaders encouraged landlords not to increase their rents and provide electricity, water support; however, just a few landlords obeyed. Workers proposed city administration to build dormitories in industrial parks and export processing zones following the southern province of … [Read more...]

Nationwide celebrates Hung Kings anniversary ceremony

State President Truong Tan Sang offeres incense at the Thuong, Hung Temple in Phu Tho province. (Photo:SGGP)

Crowded Vietnamese people gathered at Phu Tho province’s Kinh Thien Temple on April 28 (the 10th day of the third lunar month) to offer incenses and pay tribute to the Hung Kings – the founders of Vietnam. Attending at the event were State President Truong Tan Sang, leaders of Party, State, representatives of ministries, departments and central agencies, leaders of Phu Tho province, Vietnamese ethnic groups of people and Vietnamese overseas. By 7:30 am at Kinh Thien Temple, State President Truong Tan Sang and guest delegates offered incenses, flowers and fruits to express their deep gratitude to ancestors. The guest delegations after that offered incense and laid down a wreath of flowers at the Hung Kings imperial tomb and Uncle Ho’s Statue. And then, the delegation led by President Truong Tan Sang offered incense and commemorated contributions of Duc Quoc To Lac Long Quan at Sim Mountain. On the same day, the Party Committee, People’s Council, … [Read more...]

HCMC builds Nguyen Huu Canh Temple

Politburo member, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai and city leaders at the groundbreaking ceremony. (Photo:SGGP)

The Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City yesterday held a solemn groundbreaking ceremony inside the Park of Ethnic Culture and History in district 9, HCMC to build Nguyen Huu Canh Temple. Attending at the ceremony were Politburo member, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan, Chairwoman of HCMC People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of Vietnam Fatherland Front of Ho Chi Minh City Vo Thi Dung and city leaders. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Chairman Quan stressed that the construction of Nguyen Huu Canh temple aims to pay tribute to Nguyen Huu Canh, who established Vietnamese people's territorial sovereignty in Saigon and the Gia Dinh region in 1698. The event also is to mark the 40th anniversary of the Southern liberation and national reunification. This construction is to express a humanity deep mean and … [Read more...]

Party, State express gratitude to 300 outstanding revolutionary devoting families

HCMC Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai and Deputy Standing Secretary of the Committee Vo Van Thuong offer fresh flowers to Vietnamese heroic mothers in the meeting yesterday. (Photo:SGGP).

Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, People's Council, People's Committee, and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee yesterday organized a meeting with 300 revolutionary devoting families, marking the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the southern region and national reunification. The meeting was attended by Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Huynh Van Ty, Deputy Standing Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan, Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairwoman of HCMC People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of HCMC Fatherland Front Committee Vo Thi Dung and leaders of departments, organizations and veterans. On behalf of Party, State at the meeting, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai appreciated great contributions of over 300 martyrs' families. The General Offensive and Uprising of Spring 1975, … [Read more...]

Seminar highlights Ho Chi Minh City’s 40-year development

Participants at the seminar

PANO – Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities held a seminar to highlight 40 years of construction, development and integration of the city, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Southern region and National Reunification Day (April 30th 1975). Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam held that the seminar aims to praise the city’s achievements in the construction and defence cause, discuss experience in upholding the great national unity and whole-people art of war, and put forwards a set of measures to develop the city. Delegates’ speeches and nationwide researchers’ reports sent to the event’s organizing panel suggested the city to continue its action on five fronts, including socio-economic development, education and training, and international integration, while maintaining social order and strengthening the political system at all levels. After the seminar, reports will be edited and … [Read more...]

City appraises 40 years of growth

An aerial view of HCM City. Leaders and researchers agree that the city has contributed much to shaping the nation's renewal policy and implementation over the last 40 years (Photo: VNA/VNS)

Former president Nguyen Minh Triet and former prime minister Phan Van Khai joined top leaders of HCM City and other provinces, scientists and researchers yesterday to review the city's development over the past 40 years and discuss strategies and plan for the upcoming period. The seminar, titled "HCM City – 40 years of construction, development and integration", was organised by the city Party Committee, People's Committee, and Fatherland Front Committee to open the 40th anniversary celebrations of the liberation of the south and reunification. Most of the attendees as well as the 125 reports tabled at the seminar focused on the city's role as the nation's economic, cultural, educational, scientific, and technological centre and a hub for international exchanges and global integration. Le Thanh Hai, Politburo member and Secretary of the city Party Committee, said the current happiness and wealth of the people were attributable to people who fought for more than a century … [Read more...]

Flower and Book Street opens in HCMC

HCMC Party's Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai sees handicraft products at the Flower Street (Photo: SGGP)

The Flower and Book Street themed 'Vietnamese Spirit and Identity' was opened in Ham Nghi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City last night--the 28th day of the 12th lunar month--with the attendance of State President Truong Tan Sang, Deputy Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and the city senior leaders. HCMC leaders include the city Party's Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai, People's Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan, People's Council Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, and Chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee Vo Thi Dung. Flower Street this year has been organized in Ham Nghi Street to replace the annually held Nguyen Hue Street. It stretches along 500 meters with about 120,000 pots of fresh flowers of varied species displayed in three sections namely Hao khi Vietnam, Ban Sac Vietnam and Vinh Quang Vietnam (Vietnamese Spirit, Vietnamese Identity and Vietnam Glory). The number of visitors to the Flower Street is expected to top one million this … [Read more...]

HCMC leaders celebrate Tet with away-from-home workers

HCMC Party’s Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai gives a worker's boy a red envelope on February 14 (Photo: SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City Party’s Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai, People’s Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan and People’s Council Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam yesterday attended a festive day to celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival with 600 workers from industrial and export processing zones at Suoi Tien Tourist and Cultural Park, District 9. The leaders visited and wished workers and their children a happy new year and gave them presents. That was the eighth year the program was hosted by HCMC Export Processing and Industrial Zone Authority (Hepza) for workers who have been unable to return hometowns for the lunar New Year. On the same day, Hepza and HCMC Labor Union presented 1,215 workers with bus tickets to their hometown in northern and central provinces for Tet holidays. Head of the Party Committee’s Propaganda and Education Department Than Thi Thu said farewell to the workers at bus stations and wished them a safe journey, and a warm and happy Tet … [Read more...]

Local authorities offered Tet gifts to social policy families in city, neighboring provinces

Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of the municipal council presented Tet gifts to social policy families in Long An Province. (Photo: Sggp)

A delegation led by Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan visited and offered Tet greetings to leaders of the HCM City Committee for Catholic Solidarity, the Vietnam Protestant Church Association (southern region) and Ho Chi Minh City Archbishop's Palace on February 10. Mr. Le Hoang Quan highlighted the outstanding contributions and solidarity of the people of the city, the clerics and followers in solving problems of society and for maintaining and developing growth in the city. On the same day, permanent Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Vo Van Thuong and officials paid a visit and offered Tet gifts to social policy families in Dong Thap and Tien Giang provinces. The delegation supported the provinces more than VND13 billion to build gratitude houses, bridges, kindergartens and rural roads. The delegation also offered flowers and incense at the tomb of late President Ho Chi Minh's father, Nguyen Sinh Sac, in Dong Thap. Meanwhile Deputy … [Read more...]

City’s leaders praise contributions of overseas Vietnamese

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh offers certificates to groups and individuals, who had outstanding contributions in last year. (Photo:SGGP)

More than 800 overseas Vietnamese attended in a program to welcome New Year 2015 at Ho Chi Minh City Square last night, which was organized by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. Attending in the event was Politburo member, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan, Permanent Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong, Deputy Foreign Minister and Chairman of the State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) Vu Hong Nam, Chairwoman of the city People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, the chairwoman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of HCMC Vo Thi Dung and other leaders. Chairman Le Hoang Quan said that last year, Ho Chi Minh City’s GDP growth rate still remained high at over 9, 6 percent despite the city faced many economic difficulties and challenges. The total of trade - … [Read more...]

HCMC Youth Union honors six outstanding young citizens 2014

Six outstanding young citizens in 2014. (Photo: Viet Dung)

Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union held a ceremony at Youth Cultural House in HCMC yesterday in order to praise six among 91 outstanding young citizens, who are working and studying in the various fields in Ho Chi Minh City. Accordingly, the six outstanding citizens, who are workers, students and armed forces, with their great achievements in fields of education, technology, culture and arts, armed forces and social work. In addition to select the best profiles, the organizational board also held voting round through social networking sites, Tuoi Tre news website, website of HCMC Youth Union and messages via directory assistance 8783. The ceremony was attended by Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Standing Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong, Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Deputy Chairman of HCMC People's CommitteeTat Thanh Cang, Secretary of the HCMC Youth Union Le Quoc Phong, Head of the Department of … [Read more...]

HCM City begins collecting road fee from bikes Thursday

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The HCMC People’s Council at an extraordinary meeting on December 30 approved collecting the road maintenance fee from motorbikes from Thursday as proposed by the city government. Local residents can choose to pay the fee at the offices of communes, wards and towns or at their homes. Late payers may be fined up to three times the amount they are required to pay. The owners of motorcycles with the capacity of 100 cubic centimeters or smaller will have to pay VND50,000 a year while the respective charges for bikes of 100-175 cubic centimeters and 175 cubic centimeters or above are VND100,000 and VND150,000 a year. With nearly six million bikes and the lowest fee level of VND50,000 per bike imposed, HCMC will be able to collect VND300 billion to repair roads. The owners of motorbikes registered in other localities can pay the fee in HCMC if they live and work in this city, and HCMC residents are allowed to pay the fee for their bikes in other localities. The fee is not … [Read more...]

City begins collecting road fee from bikes Thursday

Motorcycle riders are seen caught in a traffic jam in rush hour in HCMC. With nearly six million motorbikes and the lowest fee of VND50,000 per bike imposed, HCMC can collect at least VND300 billion to maintain roads - PHOTO: LE ANH

Van Nam Local residents can choose to pay the fee at the offices of communes, wards and towns or at their homes. Late payers may be fined up to three times the amount they are required to pay. The owners of motorcycles with the capacity of 100 cubic centimeters or smaller will have to pay VND50,000 a year while the respective charges for bikes of 100-175 cubic centimeters and 175 cubic centimeters or above are VND100,000 and VND150,000 a year. With nearly six million bikes and the lowest fee level of VND50,000 per bike imposed, HCMC will be able to collect VND300 billion to repair roads. The owners of motorbikes registered in other localities can pay the fee in HCMC if they live and work in this city, and HCMC residents are allowed to pay the fee for their bikes in other localities. The fee is not imposed on battery-powered bikes. The road fee exemptions are also applied to motorcycles registered by police and defense forces, poor people, students and those with great … [Read more...]