Twenty-two officials of a commune in central Vietnam are under investigations for allegedly stealing 1,250 chickens intended to be given to poor farmers under a state-funded farming program.
The chickens, worth VND25 million (US$1,170) and paid by the government, were supposed to be given to poor farmers in Que Son District’s Que An Commune of Quang Nam Province, news website Dan Tri reported.
According to the complaints by local farmers, Hoang Kim Minh, the chairman of Que An Commune People’s Committee, kept the most chickens, with 200.
Tran Van Quyen, the commune’s Party chief, and Tran Ngoc, the chairman of the commune’s Farmers Association, and 19 others stole 50 chickens each.
The government of Que Son District on Thursday ordered the agricultural office to investigate the case.
It said the case had stirred outrage among local farmers.