New rural area title awarding ceremony (Photo: baonghean.vn)

Nghe An (VNA) – Twelve more communes in central Nghe An province have been qualified as new rural areas so far this year, bringing the total communes of their kind to 117.

The province has been working to have 34 communes to be listed as new rural areas this year as set previously. It has one district recognized as reaching the new rural area criteria.

For the work to be done, Nghe An said it will rally more finance from local people and organisations and issue mechanisms and policies supporting the implementation of the criteria of the national new rural area construction programme.

The programme has, however, seemingly coped with difficulties in communes in 11 mountainous districts as only 34 out of the 203 communes in the districts have met the set criteria in comparison with 83 out of the 228 communes in nine plain districts.

To tackle the problem, provincial authorities have instructed local administrations at mountainous communes to develop specific standards for hamlet and village levels and communicate to create a consensus among the local people in the work.

Nghe An asked the Central Steering Committee for the National New Rural Construction Programme to adopt an exclusive mechanism for Nam Dan district to turn it into a model in new rural area in the country.

The national programme aims to lift the living standards of people, develop socio-economic infrastructure, and restructure the economy.

Under the programme, facilities like roads, electricity, clean water, schools and medical stations will be developed.-VNA