The package will be distributed to 3.4 million people, said Vu Trong Binh, head of the employment department of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Welfare, at a meeting in Hanoi on Wednesday.
He said the number was based on preliminary statistical analyzes by local authorities and that more workers may have access to the package later, he said.
As approved by the government, each worker will receive VND 500,000 to 1 million every month for up to three months.
Two groups of beneficiaries are those who have employment contracts and whose employers have deducted their monthly wages to pay social insurance contributions; and those currently working in industrial parks, export processing zones and economic zones in 24 cities and provinces: Hanoi, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Vinh Phuc and Bac Ninh in the north, Thua Thien – Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh in the central region, and Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Long An, Tien Giang, Can Tho, Ca Mau, An Giang and Kien Giang to the south.
In their requests for assistance, the workers must have the confirmation of the signature of their owners.
Applications, after being submitted to employers, will be checked and approved by Vietnam Social Insurance and then the administration of the districts and cities/provinces where the companies are registered.
The government had endorsed the Labor Ministry’s proposal to grant the package in a bid to lure workers to industrial areas, amid the latest wave of Covid-19 that has pushed many people out of cities for their jobs. hometown.
Due to the impacts of the wave, which hit Vietnam last April, many businesses were forced to close and up to 1.3 million migrants returned to their hometowns between July and September 15 of the last year, the General Bureau of Statistics revealed.
Later, when the epidemic was brought under control in the industrial centers of HCMC and the neighboring provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai, all the localities hardest hit by the fourth wave, social distancing measures were relaxed in early October and tens of thousands of additional migrant workers decided to leave for their hometowns.
In most cases, people explained that they had run out of money after losing their jobs due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and that a house was their safest bet. Moreover, they were all afraid of a new epidemic with relaxed restrictions.
According to the latest data from the ministry, in the third quarter of last year the number of workers employed fell to just over 47.3 million, the lowest in a decade.