Illustrative image: Free medical service comes to poor people in a mountainous locality. (Photo: VNA)

Yen Bai (VNA) – The northern mountainous province of Yen Bai reviewed five-year outcomes of forming new-style rural localities and set out tasks for 2016-2020 during a conference on December 30.

Yen Bai has thus far allocated 5.8 trillion VND (261 million USD) for the work and established six communes fulfilling all criteria. There have been 126 local communes satisfying five criteria and 39 others meeting ten or more criteria.

Improved infrastructure and boosted production has contributed to the 16.5-percent rate of poor households recorded in the province this year.

Yen Bai is striving to establish five more new-style rural areas next year and over 25 areas by 2020.

In order to realise these targets, it will focus on replicating relevant successful models, restructuring agricultural sector, upgrading transport infrastructure, and boosting communications activities.

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

The list of criteria includes the development of infrastructure, the improvement of production capacity, environmental protection and the promotion of cultural values.-VNA