Deputy Prime Minister orders reduced water prices for people affected by Covid outbreak
On August 1, the Government Office sent a document to the People's Committees of the provinces and centrally-run cities conveying the direction of Deputy PM Le Minh Khai on the price reduction of clean water for daily life.
Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai asked them to urgently reduce the price of clean water and water charges for local people affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
In particular, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized the implementation of this order in provinces and centrally-run cities, and districts and cities implementing social distancing according to Directive No. 16 of the Prime Minister.
On the same day, the Government Office sent a document to the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, and Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An provinces on the allocation and organization of vaccinations.
In order to organize vaccination against Covid-19 to achieve herd immunity for the Ho Chi Minh City area (including some bordering areas to the provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An), Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Head of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, said the following must be done:
The People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai Long An are ordered to coordinate with the Ministry of Health to adjust the vaccination process to suit the requirements and actual situation, to develop vaccination plans and notify the Ministry of Health of their need for vaccines.
These localities should develop a plan to organize production, business and travel activities of organizations, businesses and people, after vaccinations.
The Deputy Prime Minister asked the Ministry of Health to allocate vaccines to ensure the vaccination schedule as requested by the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An and report to the Prime Minister about necessary cases.
PM approves reduction in power bills for people impacted by Directive 16
The Prime Minister has approved the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s proposal to cut power bills for households for two months in provinces and cities applying social distancing, the ministry announced on Saturday.
A 15 per cent reduction will be applied to electricity prices for households which have electricity consumption of up to 200kWh per month while households which have electricity consumption of more than 200kWh will receive a 10 per cent discount.
The reduction will be applied to power bills in August and September, the ministry said.
The Prime Minister also agreed to offer free power for medical facilities and quarantine areas and for people who have been infected or are suspected of having COVID-19 in those localities.
This reduction will be applied to bills over seven months from June 2021 until December 2021.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, as of July 30, 2021, Viet Nam had 21 provinces and cities applying social distancing measures under the Prime Minister’s Directive 16/CT-TTg to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
The people’s life in those localities faces many difficulties. Therefore, the ministry and the Viet Nam Electricity (EVN) proposed to the Prime Minister to have the four reductions.
The EVN estimated that the total reduction for customers would be worth VND2.5 trillion (US$106.4 million).
On June 2 , the Government issued Resolution No 55/NQ-CP to reduce electricity prices from June to the end of this year to support those heavily affected by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, including tourist accommodation facilities. The reduction was estimated to be worth a total of VND1.57 trillion.
There were two similar discounts offered last year. The first ran from April 16, 2020 to July 17, 2020 and supported more than 27 million customers with the total reduction reaching around VND9.3 trillion.
The second was from October to December 2020 with more than 25.4 million customers enjoying the reductions worth VND3 trillion. Monday, August 02, 2021. VNA
A social security package worth $1.1 billion has been approved by the government to support workers and employers facing difficulties due to the impact of the pandemic.
The Vietnam Bank for Social Policies has begun accepting applications from businesses for interest-free loans to fund furlough and salary payments, its deputy director, Bui Van Son, said.