This year’s new-style rural building targets completed ahead of schedule
Updated : Tuesday, October 16, 2018 3:54 PM (GMT+0700)

TheNational Target Programme on New-style Rural Area Building for 2018 hasachieved its set targets three months earlier than planned, said Nguyen MinhTien, head of the programme’s Central Coordination Office.

An aerial view of Bong Lai commune of Que Vo district, Bac Ninh province - Photo: VNA

The programme, initiated bythe government in 2010, laid out 19 criteria on socio-economic development,politics, and defence, aiming to enhance the development in rural regions ofVietnam. The list of criteria includes the development of infrastructure, theimprovement of production capacity, environmental protection, and the promotionof cultural values.      

To date, the entire nationnow has 3,542 communes that meet the standards of new-style rural areas (or39.7 percent of all communes nationwide). Meanwhile, 55 districts in 28provinces and cities have received the prime minister’s accreditation forfulfilling all criteria and completing their assigned mission in new-stylerural building.

According to Tien, the goalset for this year was to have 3,500 communes (or 39 percent of all communes)recognised as new-style rural areas and at least 54 districts obtaining thePM’s accreditation. 

The official said thesteering committee for the programme will focus on directing localities tocontinue their measures and efforts next year in a bid to realise the NationalAssembly’s goal for the 2016-2020 period.

Talking about this year’soutcomes, Tien said many localities have increased resources, innovations, andquality guarantees by developing value chains in line with food safetystandards and production restructuring.

Many of them intensifiedtheir work to tackle environmental pollution and came up with effectivesolutions to their accrued liabilities that had arisen from the programme’sbasic construction plans, he added.

Tien also pointed to asignificant gap in building new-style rural areas among certain regions. Whilelocalities like Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and Dong Nai have completed theirset works and are now advancing into even further construction, others such asDien Bien, Bac Kan, and Cao Bang have recorded very low numbers of communesthat meet standards.

According to Tien, environmentalpollution (especially water pollution) is getting worse in some areas, whilefood safety, despite the country’s progress in ensuring farm produce’s quality,remains a pressing issue.


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