A rural road is upgraded as part of the national target programme on building new-style rural areas. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister has ordered the People’s Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities to allocate the State budget for the implementation of the national target programme on building new-style rural areas in 2016.

Accordingly, resources will be prioritised for communes facing extreme difficulties, and border, island and coastal communes, particularly the communes that had achieved less than five out of the 19 criteria set for being recognised as new-style rural areas.

Proper investment will be prioritised for communes that had achieved over 15 out of the 19 set criteria, particularly those communes that have yet completed such fundamental infrastructure as roads, electricity network, school, clinic stations, water supply facilities, and irrigation work.

For the communes that had been recognised as new-style rural areas, the PM asked the centrally-run cities and provinces to proactively help them further improve recorded attainments.

He has requested provinces and cities report their capital allocation plan for 2016 to relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) and the Ministry of Finance (MoF) by January 30.

The national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Vietnamese Government in 2010, sets 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, aiming to modernise rural areas.

The criteria cover the development of infrastructure, the improvement of production capacities, environmental protection, and the promotion of cultural values.

The country aims to have 50 percent of all communes nationwide meeting all the requirements by the end of 2020.-VNA