Minister Dao Ngoc Dung made the remarks at a hearing at the ninth meeting of the 14th National Assembly Standing Committee in Hanoi on April 18, which is the first time a Question-&-Answer session has been held by the current NA Standing Committee.
He said the ministry has coordinated with relevant ministries and departments to promulgate documents guiding the implementation of preferential policies on revolutionary contributors, under the Government’s Decree No.31/2013/ND-CP dated April 9, 2013.
The country has confirmed over 9 million revolutionary contributors, making up nearly 10% of the total population. More than 1.4 million of revolutionary contributors and their families are receiving monthly allowances, he noted.
The ministry reviewed the list of revolutionary contributors in 2014 and 2015, and found around 28,500 cases when self-claimed contributors have not received benefits. However, Minister Dung said the verification of those cases faces difficulties due to lack of documents as evidence, which is also the biggest problem in this field.
According to the minister, inspections so far also revealed the misapplication of preferential policies in 1,872 cases.
Regarding the preparation for the 70th anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27), Dung said various activities will be held to mark the event, including a meeting in Hanoi, a national conference to honour people who rendered services to the revolution, and commemorative and incense-offering ceremonies at cemeteries of fallen soldiers nationwide.