Central region villagers pay for donated rice

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Commune officials in Thua Thien-Hue said they have asked their subordinates to return the money poor people paid to get charity rice.

The distributors had charged the poor between VND5,000-15,000 each for the cost of delivery of the rice from the commune headquarters.

Hoang Quang Phong, vice chairman of Quang Tho Commune in the central province, said the commune will cover the cost of delivery of rice if needed.

It's wrong for village officials to take that money from the poor, Phong said.

He said the commune has distributed 3,600 tons of rice to eight villages which were supposed to hand it over to 130 poor families.

Tran Phu Phuc, head of Phuoc Yen village, said his village received 765 kilograms of rice for 26 families, so he had to ask the residents for money to hire vehicles and porters to transport the rice.

Tran Van Kinh, head of Tan Lai village, also said he had collected money to deliver the rice to each family.

The village heads said they hadn't known the commune would cover transport costs.

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