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Hanoi Aims to Eliminate Household Poverty by End of Year

Hanoi's municipal government aims to have no households in the city living below the poverty line by year's end.

Nhan Dan quotes Khuat Van Thanh, director of the Hanoi Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, as saying that 52,000 households were lifted out of poverty from 2016 to 2018. The household poverty rate is currently 1.2%, according to the department.

In 2016, the World Bank set the global poverty line at US$3.34 per day in 2011 purchasing power parity.

Thanh also shared that Ba Dinh, Cau Giay, Hoan Kiem, Tay Ho and Thanh Xuan districts currently have no poor households. The official further said city leaders aim to get all households above the poverty line by the end of 2019.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Duc Chung, chairman of the municipal People's Committee, added that social security and welfare policies are crucial to alleviate problems facing disadvantaged and low-income families.

According to the news source, Chung also asked agencies to further assist low-income earners and improve access to basic social services.

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