LookAtVietnam – A city labour official has said district administrations should complete by September the provision of initial financial assistance to poor families who use banned vehicles to earn their living.
A man transports goods using a three-wheeled vehicle now banned in HCM City. Families who use similar vehicles to earn their living will receive Government support.
The city planned to spend around VND20.5 billion (over US$1 million) to help the poor families find alternate means of livelihood including getting a new means of transportation or setting up small businesses, he said.
Under a Government decision, each family which has two or more three and four-wheel vehicles will be supported with VND5 million ($280) per vehicle.
For families with only one three or four-wheeled modified vehicle, the city People’s Committee has decided that they will be given VND7 million ($393) each.
Xe also said that the districts should collect the banned three-and four – wheel vehicles when offering support to the families to prevent reuse and also help them identify alternate means of livelihood.
Truong Van Luong of the labour department said they would co-operate with Honda Viet Nam and the city’s Department of Finance to donate 79 Honda Wave Alpha motorbikes to the poorest families in 10 districts. The bikes cost about VND1 billion ($56,179) in total.
Honda Viet Nam is also offering a 5 per cent discount on the motorbikes for families who have an annual per capita income of VND6 million ($337) and under.
Official statistic reports that 3,011 poor families in the city have used self-modified three-and four-wheel vehicles for their livelihoods. Their vehicles will be completely banned from all city streets on January 1, 2010 following a prime ministerial decision issued two years ago.
Of these residents, 87 wish to attend vocational training schools, 301 want the authorities to find new jobs for them and the rest have asked for loans to start businesses.
Currently, 11 districts in the city have been providing the initial financial assistance for replacing self-modified three – and four-wheel vehicles to needy families
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