Hanoi to spend over $5.3 mln on poverty reduction

Authorities of Hanoi have decided to earmark over $5.3 million each year for promoting sustainable poverty reduction in the locality, towards having no poor households by the end of this year.

Giving free checkups to elderly people - Illustrative image 

According to Director of the municipal Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Khuat Van Thanh, authorities havedevised four policies for the scheme.

Accordingly, the city will provide 1.4 million VND as monthlyallowances for each supportless elderly, people with severe disabilities and seriousdiseases living in urban areas; and 1.1 million VND (47.2 USD) for those livingin rural areas.

Free health insurance cards will be provided for poor and near-poor people in amaximum period of three years. 

Kindergarten children and students who are members of poor families will get freetuition and a monthly financial support of 100,000 VND per head for nine monthsper year in a maximum period of three years. 

In addition, supportless elderly people and orphaned children, and people withsevere disabilities from poor and near poor households will be cared for at socialsponsoring establishments under the municipal Department of Labour, Invalids andSocial Affairs.-VNA

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