15:41 | 21/01/2016 Society
The central city of Da Nang basically fulfilled poverty elimination objectives by the end of 2015, accomplishing the targets set for 2013-2017 two years ahead of schedule.
A farmer feeds his cows (Photo: VNA)
In early 2013, the city had 22,045 households living under the poverty line of 600,000 VND (approximately 33 USD) per capita a month in rural areas and under 800,000 VND (38 USD) in urban areas. The line was set for the 2013-2017 period.
As of the end of 2015, some 23,270 local households escaped from poverty, thanks to concerted efforts of the political system and society’s contribution.
Over the last three years, almost 34,000 deprived households received preferential loans, and nearly 237,000 low-income earners were supported with free health insurance cards.
The city gave house building and repair aid to 1,250 families, offered free vocational training to about 5,900 people, and provided jobs for over 9,700 low-income earners. At the same, more than 10,000 students of the targeted families benefited from tuition fee reduction or exemption while some 53,400 others were assisted with scholarships, school supplies and bicycles.
For the 2016 – 2020 period, the city has raised the poverty line in rural areas to 1.1 million VND (48.9 USD) per capital per month, and 1.3 million VND (57.8 USD) in urban areas.
Da Nang hopes to lift all 1,960 impoverished households with particularly disadvantaged backgrounds out of poverty by the end of 2019. It also aims to curb the increase rate of families falling or relapsing into poverty to under 1 percent each year.
To those ends, it plans to mobilise different social resources to facilitate the poor and near-poor households’ access to basic social services like health care, education, information, transport and insurance.
The city will also continue giving housing support, preferential loans, vocational training and employment to the poor./.