10:52 | 18/05/2016 Society
Over the past five years, the southern city of Can Tho has carried out programs accelerating poverty reduction and improvements to people’s living standard, especially ethnic minority people, including investing over VND37 billion in building schools, rural roads, residential areas, medical stations and the irrigation system.
A road leads to Thoi Xuan commune, Co Do district, where a large number of Khmer ethnic minority people live - (Photo: baocantho.com.vn)
In the realization of the Government’s Decision 134 on giving residential land, production land, housing and safe water support to poor ethic minority people, the city has assisted the building of 1,742 houses and helped 2,594 families have access to safe daily water, with a total capital of over VND9.8 billion.
Special attention has been paid to realising social welfare work. So far the city has repaired 225 houses for the poor using over VND8 billion.
The policies carried out for ethnic minority people have helped to reduce the poverty rate among the groups to 6.8% as of late 2015.
In late April, the city People’s Committee started the implementation of the plan on realizing the millennium development goals (MDGs) towards ethnic minority people in connection with carrying out sustainable development targets in the 2016-2020 period.
The plan will give priority to boosting socio-economic development, rapidly reducing the poverty rate, and narrowing the gap of development between groups and localities.
The MDGs targets for ethic minority people in the city will cover poverty reduction, the universalisation of primary education, gender equality and women empowerment, a reduction in child fatality, an increase in maternal health, the prevention of HIV/AIDS as well as malaria and other epidemics, and the ensuring of environmental sustainability./.