Disadvantaged communes to receive aid from government

As many as 2,275 disadvantaged communes in 48 provinces and cities nationwide will receive funding of 21 trillion VND (942.5 million USD) from the State budget to boost socio-economic development during the 2016 to 2020 period.
The Prime Minister has approved the investment list for the programme on socio-economic development in especially disadvantaged communes in mountainous remote areas, which is usually known as Programme 135, first launched in 1998.
Farmers taking care of the coffee plantation in Mang Yang district, Gia Lai province. (Photo for illustration)
Of the 2,275 communes, 2,240 will receive investment sourced from the central State budget, while the other 35 in Quang Ninh, Hanoi, Khanh Hoa and Ba Ria–Vung Tau will be subsidised from local budgets.
The most disadvantaged communes are in northern provinces of Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lang Son, Son La and Dien Bien and central Thanh Hoa province.
The funding will be used to buy seeds for poor farmers, improve programme management capacity and develop key infrastructure.
The programme expects to help increase the average income to 26 million VND per person per year in 2020, five times higher than that of 2011. It also expects the poverty rate would reduce by 4 percent yearly, all families can use electricity and 70 percent of cultivation area gets enough water.
According to Coordination Office of Programme 135 under State Committee for Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Area Affairs, the fund is allocated based on criteria including development level, population, poverty rate, previous fund disbursement rate and accountability.
In the last two years, the programme assisted 2,331 communes with total funding of nearly 7.8 trillion VND (348 million USD). However, the funding allocation was the same to all localities, which is said to cause inequality and ineffectiveness.
In 2015, 80 communes from 23 provinces and cities were recognised as having fulfilled targets of the programme. They included 12 each from Binh Phuoc and Thai Nguyen, eight from Soc Trang, and seven each from Lao Cai and Tra Vinh.
The Government's Programme 135, launched in 1999 under the Prime Minister's Decision 135/1998/QD-TTg on July 31, 1998, aims to improve living conditions for rural residents with a particular focus on ethnic minority communities.
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John Smith 15/2/16 13:31

Sharing the atmosphere of Tet (Lunar New Year), ministries, sectors, all-level authorities, localities and the people are actively preparing Tet gifts to present to disadvantaged people and policy beneficiary families.

Gentle Moon 15/2/16 13:32

Tet 2016 is a very special festival for the entire Vietnamese people both at home and abroad as it will come after the conclusion of the 12th National Party Congress.

LawrenceSamuels 15/2/16 13:45

The living standards of the people continue to be improved with ensured social welfare and security.

Jane smartnic 15/2/16 13:46

it is an important task to create favourable conditions for poverty stricken and policy beneficiary families to stabilise their life and prepare for Tet.

yobro yobro 15/2/16 13:48

All-level Party Committees, authorities, agencies, sectors, unions and localities nationwide agreed to build plans and allocate funds to present Tet gifts to the people with the focus placed on the poor, policy beneficiary families, and soldiers working at border, island and sea areas.

Love Peace 15/2/16 13:49

The highest goal of the political system is not to let the people suffer from hunger during the Tet holiday.

MaskOf Zero 15/2/16 13:50

it is necessary to ensure the quality of Tet gifts and early hand over of gifts to disadvantaged people.

Only Solidar 15/2/16 13:51

the Vietnamese people are ready to share the difficulties of the unfortunate members of society.

Pack Cassiopian 15/2/16 13:52

the resources raised for disadvantaged and policy beneficiary families on the occasion of Tet will be enormous.

Deck Hero14 15/2/16 13:53

it is advisable to mobilise enterprises, organisations and benefactors at home and abroad to donate Tet gifts to disadvantaged members of society.

Funny Day 16/2/16 05:53

Vietnam has been recognized as one of the most outstanding countries for poverty reduction by international community

Williams Melanie 16/2/16 05:57

so right, the programes as Programme 135 will help disadvantaged people have many favorable conditions to improve their life

Davis Caroline 16/2/16 06:01

the goverment has issued and implemented many policies which help the people in mountainous and rural areas out of poverty

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