Politburo member urges for more support for visually impaired

Wednesday, 2019-07-10 11:18:07
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Politburo member Truong Thi Mai speaks at the conference. (Photo: VOV)
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NDO – Politburo member Truong Thi Mai has called on the whole society to join hands in creating opportunities and offering more support for visually impaired people to enjoy the fruits of the national development and integrate into society.

Politburo member Mai, who is also head of the Central Party Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, made the call during a conference held by the Vietnam Blind Association (VBA) in Hanoi on July 9. The event aimed to summarise 30 years of implementing Directive No. 51-CT/TW, dated April 12, 1989, of the 6th Party Central Committee's Secretariat on assisting the VBA.

Over the past three decades of implementing Directive 51, the VBA has effectively deployed a range of programmes to help people with visual impairment to erase guilt and step by step integrate into the community. So far, the association has been assigned by the State to manage over VND51 billion in loans for job creation. It has offered preferential loans to over 37,000 households and created jobs for about 13,000 workers, while helping facilities that focus exclusively on helping blind people to maintain and develop their jobs and incomes.

Speaking at the conference, Politburo member Mai stated that the VBA has made positive changes since the implementation of the directive, with multiple policies, programmes and projects to support people with disabilities and the visually impaired to integrate into society, improve their lives and contribute to the development of the nation.

In order to offer them more motivation and confidence to integrate into the community, Mai asked the relevant authorities and localities to study and propose amendments and supplements to a number of policies towards the support of visually impaired people, while actively mobilising social resources to join the State in supporting them with opportunities to study, gain employment and enjoy the fruits of the country's development process.

She also urged the VBA to strengthen its apparatus and renew activities, as well as continuing to encourage and support members to promote their roles, confidence and self-reliance to overcome difficulties in life.