Families of disabled veterans need help with road upgrade
Families of former soldiers living at the 790 Disabled People's Centre in Vientiane's Xaythany district would like the pathways running to their houses at the centre to be repaired as much of the asphalt is damaged.
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith meets veterans at the 790 Disabled People's Centre on Wednesday.
The centre houses disabled former soldiers and is managed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.
But when Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith visited the centre on Wednesday to mark the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People's Army on January 20 (Lao People's Army Day), no one was courageous enough to raise the matter.
Acting Head of the centre, Mr Oykham Pandathong, told Vientiane Times “People here certainly want the lanes to be repaired but they didn't want to trouble the prime minister about it because he has already given residents a lot of help.”
Some families told Mr Oykham they were not comfortable with the conditions at the centre because the people who lived there were not able-bodied, and they hoped the pathways would be rebuilt.
The club building is also quite old and they would like this to be repaired as well.
During his visit, Mr Thongloun called on the families to preserve the former soldiers' patriotic legacy as a valuable model for the general public.
“He also asked the families of the disabled veterans to take care of their children and send them to school,” Mr Oykham added.
After talks between the prime minister and the soldiers' families, Mr Thongloun donated household equipment worth 190 million kip.
Those living at the centre became disabled while defending their country many years ago.
Each year on Lao People's Army Day, the nation's leaders engage in various activities to mark the occasion and publicly recognise the contribution of all veterans. They visit the 103 Hospital, 489 Disabled Centre, 790 Disabled Centre, 686 Prosthetic Centre, and Houaymakphik Village Relocation for retired soldiers. They also lay wreaths at the National Cemetery, place flowers at the Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, and attend a special meeting. The Lao People's Army was established on January 20, 1949. The army took on and overcame two much larger adversaries before Laos was finally liberated from foreign domination in 1975.
In the 41 years since Laos achieved liberation, the government has worked to build a foreign policy based on the principles of peace, independence, friendship and cooperation.
This astute policy has resulted in the establishment of diplomatic relations with many nations, and created a solid foundation for partnership in development.
By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
(Latest Update January 20, 2017)