Eth­nic mi­nori­ties to get land for hous­ing

Viet Nam News - - National -

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 peo­ple’s 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 Assem­bly’s 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...

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