Deputy PM urges making use of information channels to facilitate search for martyrs' remains

Monday, 2017-12-18 10:01:34
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Delegates launch the website for information management of martyrs and martyrs' graves. (Credit: VGP)
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has stressed the need for utilising all channels and methods for gathering information to facilitate the work of recovering the remains of martyrs.

The senior government official made the statement during a meeting with members of the National Steering Committee on the Project for Search and Retrieve of Martyrs’ Remain (Steering Committee No. 1237) in Hanoi on December 18.

Reports at the meeting show that in 2017, the Ministry of Defence has handed over more than 500,000 records of martyrs to the Ministry of Information and Communications to integrate into the national database for the search and identification of martyrs. Nationwide, 2,368 martyrs' remains have been retrieved; including 1,156 remains in the country, 338 in Laos, and 874 remains in Cambodia, reaching nearly 95% of the set plan.

Related units and localities have to strictly comply with the Government's regulations when searching and collecting the remains of martyrs, at the same time organising the reception, handover and reburies of the martyrs’ remains in a thoughtful and solemn manner.

International cooperation in search and recover of martyrs’ remains continues to be expanded. The Steering Committee 1237’s Office has worked with the centre when searching for missing military servicepersons under the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defence in order to organise a joint programme on receiving information and exchange experiences in the search for soldiers who died and or missing in wars, in addition to support the identification of martyrs’ remains.

In 2018, the Steering Committee sets a target to more or less complete the review of martyrs’ dossiers to integrate into the national database, while searching and collecting an estimated 2,000 remains of martyrs, including about 1,200 remains in the country and about 800 in foreign nations, as well as deploying the mapping activities on a national scale for the collection of martyrs' remains.

Praising efforts by concerned individuals and units to the work, Deputy PM Dam asked the Steering Committee’s members to focus on solutions to strive for the fulfillment of the set targets in 2018. In particular, they should utilise methods for gathering information from all sources, while improving the synchronicity of collected information to find the location of the fallen accurately.

Provinces and cities were also urged to pay adequate attention to the work of searching and recovering the remains of martyrs in their direction to relevant departments, agencies and local authorities.

On the occasion, the Steering Committee launched a website for the management of information related to martyrs and martyrs’ graves at http://thongtinlietsi.gov.vn.

The site includes a section for providing competent agencies with professional functions, based on the integrated database used in the private network of the State agencies to gather information on martyrs and their graves, while receiving and handling requests for looking up information on martyrs by martyr's relatives and exchanging martyr's information among concerned agencies. Another site’s section allows martyrs' relatives to submit requests for looking up information on martyrs, while also allowing people to provide information on martyrs to the authorities.