Deserving the Army of the people, by the people and for the people

Saturday, 2018-12-22 12:15:35
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Soldiers help local people overcome the consequences of natural disasters in Nghia Lo town, Yen Bai province.
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NDO – Today, on December 22, our entire Party, people and army are joyfully celebrating the 74th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (1944-2018) and the 29th anniversary of the All-people Defence Festival (1989 – 2018).

While fulfilling the task of maintaining combat readiness and firmly defending the socialist Vietnamese Fatherland, the Army has sent thousands of officials and soldiers to the living areas of ethnic minority groups and religious populations, and difficult areas every year to help people there and carry out the work of mass mobilisation.

Over the past few years, there have been many effective programmes, examples and initiatives standing out among the Vietnam People’s Army-launched mass mobilisation movement, which have been widespread and influential in the community with significant social benefits.

Prominent among them include the programmes on building new rural areas; living, working and speaking ethnic languages with locals; providing a warm spring for people in border areas; and supporting disadvantaged students.

Soldiers and officers at army units have also worked side by side with local residents to overcome the consequences of natural disasters, contributing to building and consolidating a people-based defence posture, maintaining political stability, and enhancing and strengthening the people’s trust in the Party, State and Army.

However, there are still certain shortcomings in the implementation of mass mobilisation due to the inactive collaboration among the functional agencies in terms of information exchanges, situation prediction, a lack of human resources training, and the qualifications of those involved in the work.

To make it truly worthy as the Army of the people, by the people and for the people, the Central Military Commission and the Ministry and Defence need to foster the mass mobilisation movement in the future. The movement should be implemented in accordance with the emulation movements and campaigns in the localities, which are launched by the Party, State, Fatherland Front, ministries and sectors. New factors, exemplary models, good people and good deeds standing out from such movements should be duplicated.

It is necessary to work out solutions and measures to renovate the content and implementation of the movement in urban areas, industrial parks and processing zones, while more attention must be attached to building a strong political system and firm people-based defence posture at grassroots levels, particularly in border areas, and sea and island regions.

Army units should collaborate with Party committees, the authorities, and political-social organisations in the localities to grasp the situation, collect information and gather full participation in deploying the mass mobilisation movement in an effective way.

It is also crucial to recruit qualified, passionate and experienced officers for the mass mobilisation work, while paying proper attention to training the human resources to help the staff to meet their mission requirements in the new situation.