Changes that affect the life of people in Ho Chi Minh City and elsewhere are expected to take effect as of April.
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Power subsidy for poor households
The plan to subsidize poor households that consume less than 50kWh per month and have registered to buy power at the subsidized rate for the poor will go into effect in April, according to the Electricity of Vietnam Group’s Official Document No. 581/EVN-KD.
To register for the subsidized plan, poor households are required to present their electricity bills of the last three months or the power purchase contract.
Poor households, according to Vietnam’s stipulated poverty rates for 2011-2015, earn a maximum of VND400,000 (US$19)/person/month in rural areas and a maximum of VND500,000 (US$23.8)/person/month in urban areas.
HCM City: one more category of goods for price stabilization
The price stabilization program for Ho Chi Minh City this year has added fisheries to its list of goods whose prices need to be kept stable. The list covers nine categories of goods: rice, sugar, cooking oil, cattle meat, poultry meat, eggs, processed food, vegetables, and fisheries products.
The plan was set by the municipal Department of Industry and Trade.
HCM City People’s Committee will announce the names of pariticipating businesses in the program and the prices of commodities on April 1.
Quality and safety of cosmetics must be guaranteed
Organizations and individuals that launch cosmetics on the market must guarantee that their products do not harm consumers’ health when used in ordinary conditions or when all instructions provided have been duly followed.
According to a new circular by the Ministry of Health issued on January 25, consumers also have the right to be properly informed about the products, and to complain and sue cosmetics traders for the damage/losses they incur due to using the cosmetics produced and circulated without guaranteed quality and safety.