Ethnic minorities to get land for housing
H M ITY Ethnic minorities living in the C u Long (Mekong) Delta will benefit from a new Government policy to provide them land for housing and jobs.
Under a decision issued by Prime Minister Nguyeãn Taán Duõng last Monday (May 20), city and provincial peoples committees can allot land to local ethnic people to build suitable housing.
The Government will also provide a maximum of VNÑ30million(US$1,400) to poor, landless ethnic families to buy land for housing.
These families will also receive from local agencies financial support that is not less than 10 per cent of this amount to buy residential land.
If localities have land that can be turned into residential land, local authorities can use the subsidy amounts for land clearance and building infrastructure before allotting the land to eligible families.
Families getting land are prohibited from selling it and have to use it within 10 years.
Poorethnicminorityfamilies in the delta will also be provided with soft loans of up to VNÑ30 million to start businesses and boost their incomes.
The loans will be closely monitored by authorised agencies.
Between 2012 and 2016, according to a government report last September, 326,909 ethnic minority households or nearly 2 million people will require assistance to build houses and improve their livelihoods.
Ksor Ph ôc, chairman of the National Assemblys Ethnic Council, said though the delta has plenty of land, most of it is already owned, and so local authorities have to buy lands to allocate them to poor ethnic people.
Allocation of land to individuals has been taking place since 1989 and was...