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Benefits of the Insured Are Always Ultimate Goal

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Recently, the prosecution of a former leader of the Vietnam Social Security (VSS) fuelled rumours for the social insurance sector and fanned public concerns about interests of social insurance policyholders. Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Social Security, Mr Tran Dinh Lieu has a press exchange on this content.

Following the bankruptcy of ALCII affiliated to the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) and the prosecution of a former leader of the Vietnam Social Security, many deliberately harmful rumours have been spread. Does the Vietnam Social Security have any plans to respond to this incident?
This is an unfortunate incident that occurred nearly 10 years ago and this was concluded by competent authorities. Immediately after the police prosecuted the case and detained some officials and former leader, the Vietnam Social Security sent an official letter on this affair to the press and local social insurance agencies, stating the clear view of the Vietnam Social Security. While affirming the consistent viewpoint of the Vietnam Social Security that the Vietnam Social Security performs its duties according to the rule of law and particularly pays special attention to ensuring legitimate rights and interests of social insurance policyholders, the Vietnam Social Security attests that, in any case, rights and interests of social insurance and health insurance policyholders are always guaranteed in accordance with the law.

Besides, the Vietnam Social Security requested provincial/municipal social insurance agencies to promote communications on humanities, advantages and benefits of social insurance and health insurance policies to workers and people, especially workers in industrial zones and export processing zones, stressing that the social security of citizens is enshrined in the Constitution of Vietnam and, in all cases, benefits of social insurance and health insurance policyholders are always assigned an ultimate goal.

As a leader of the Vietnam Social Security, what advice do you give to people, especially workers in industrial zones?
With the above commitments of the Vietnam Social Security, I hope that workers and people trust that social insurance policy is the social security policy of the Party and the State. The law of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam preserves the right to social security of all citizens. In all cases, benefits of social insurance policyholders are always guaranteed. People should rest assured in social insurance and continue to participate in social insurance and should not apply for one-time social insurance claim or withdraw from the social security net because of ungrounded rumours to be fall into disadvantage.

The evidence is that even though the incident happened 10 years ago, benefits of social insurance participants have been guaranteed in the past 10 years. On average, about 2.8 million people are paid pensions and allowances on a monthly basis by social security agencies. In 2017 alone, pension payments and social insurance claims amounted to over VND270 trillion (US$11.7 billion). The value already reached VND252 trillion (US$11 billion) in the first 10 months of 2018.

The payment of pensions and social insurance benefits has been constantly improved in service and diversified in form (pay in cash at registered points of payment, pay via ATM cards, pay at home for elderly and weak beneficiaries. The payment period is shortened and fixed monthly to provide the most favourable conditions for pensioners and social insurance beneficiaries.

Could you please tell us what you have done to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of social insurance policyholders?
I would like to reiterate that the view of the Vietnam Social Security is to perform duties in the spirit of rule of law. Therefore, all benefits of social insurance participants will be guaranteed by the Vietnam Social Security in accordance with the law.

We will work closely with relevant agencies to constantly improve the mechanisms, policies and procedures for execution of social insurance and health insurance policies so as not only to ensure benefits for social insurance policyholders but also better serve social insurance policyholders in order to affirm and strengthen the trust of the people and works in the social insurance and health insurance policy - two key pillars of the national social security system.








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