More should be done for revolutionaries: PM

There is no room for complacency in caring for those who have contributed to the revolution because much more remains to be done, including the provision of better healthcare, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Saturday.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc greets a Heroic Mother in Quảng Nam Province. (Photo: VNA/VNS
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc greets a Heroic Mother in Quảng Nam Province. (Photo: VNA/VNS

He was speaking at a meeting reviewing 20 years of implementing policies for revolutionaries in Quang Nam Province.

The central province, which the PM belongs to, is home to the largest number of contributors to the revolution in Vietnam.

While praising the province for all it has done thus far, the PM said that both in the short and long term, key tasks remain, including the search for martyrs’ remains, verification of revolutionary contributors, and healthcare for the targeted group.

Saturday’s meeting, held on the threshold of the 70th anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27, 1947), was attended by more than 400 people “Heroic Mothers,” “Heroes of the People’s Armed Forces,” veterans of the revolution, war invalids, and martyrs’ families.

Quang Nam has recognised more than 65,400 martyrs. The province is also home to more than 30,500 war invalids, 45,300 people who assisted the revolution, and 11,700 others directly involved in revolutionary activities.

As many as 14,795 women have been recognised as “Heroic Mother,” and 914 of them are still alive.

Quang Nam has made great efforts in caring for local martyrs’ families, war invalids and revolutionary contributors, the meeting heard.

Ahead of this year’s War Invalids and Martyrs Day, the province has raised more than VND4.5 billion (US$198,000) for the savings passbooks of the 914 Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, and an additional VND3.5 billion ($154,000) for other “gratitude activities”.

Localities across the province have also raised funds for upgrading martyrs’ cemeteries, building war memorials, and restoring martyrs’ tombs.

PM Phuc said he highly valued the numerous practical stepls taken by authorities at all levels in the province to acknowledge persons who’ve contributed to the fight for Vietnam’s independence and freedom.

He said he also respected the enormous efforts by war invalids and contributors to the revolution, noting that they’ve continued to dedicate themselves to the province’s development of their hometown.

He asked Quang Nam to better implement policies targeting revolutionary contributors, and pay particular attention to educating younger generations about the traditions of patriotism and gratitude.

Later the same day, the PM and other participants attended a tribute ceremony for contributors to the revolution in Tam Ky City.