Government Religious Committee celebrates 67th founding anniversary

08/03/2022

The Government Committee for Religious Affairs (GCRA) held on Augusts 2 a gathering to mark the 67th founding anniversary of the GCRA and the state governance on belief and religion (August 2nd, 1955 – August 2nd, 2022).

Posing for group photo

The event drew the presence of Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Vũ Chiến Thắng, Chairman of the GCRA Vũ Hoài Bắc, Vice Chairwoman of the GCRA Trần Thị Minh Nga, Vice Chairmen of the GCRA Nguyễn Ánh Chức and Nguyễn Tiến Trọng, former leaders of the GCRA, and all GCRA’s officials and staff.

Chairman of the GCRA Vũ Hoài Bắc speaks at the meeting

During the meeting, participants reviewed traditions and the history of the GCRA and the state government on belief and religion over the past 67 years.

On August 2, 1955, upon request by the Interior Department under the Government Office and approval by the Government Council, the Prime Minister of Vietnam issued the Decree No 566-TTg on the establishment of the Committee for Religious Affairs under the Government Office – the first body of Vietnam’s current Government Committee for Religious Affairs, and the system of regional and provincial religious committees regarded as the initial system of the current state governance sector on religion.

Over the past 67 years, under the guidance and support of the Party, State and the Ministry of Home Affairs, and given close coordination with central ministries and local authorities, as well as active collaboration of religious organizations, the GCRA has strengthened its apparatus and profession for better fulfilling tasks of the state governance on belief and religion.

During the past years, the GCRA has strived to successfully fulfill tasks of the administrative management on belief and religion, as well as encouraged religious followers to observe state laws and proactively join in movements launched for socio-economic development of the country.

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs speaks at the event

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Vũ Chiến Thắng acknowledged practical contributions made by generations of officials and staff of the GCRA and the state governance on belief and religion over the past 67 years. He also urged GCRA’s officials to uphold GCRA’s fine traditions and enhance the professional capacity for successfully fulfilling tasks assigned by the Party and the State.

Some images at the meeting:

Delegates at the event

Art performance at the event

Former Vice Chairman of the GCRA Nguyễn Hữu Oanh speaks at the event

Presenting souvenir gifts to former leaders of the GCRA

Overview of the gathering

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