Central Highland province develops rural areas hinh anh 1Building road in a rural area (Illustrative image. Source: VNA)
Dak Lak (VNA) – The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has mobilised more than 37.6 trillion VND (1.69 billion USD) to improve living standards for people in rural areas.

More than 500 billion VND (21.9 million USD) of the total money was sourced from the central budget to carry out a national programme on building new-style rural areas in Dak Lak, while nearly 800 billion VND (35.1 million USD) was contributed by local people to upgrading the transport and irrigation systems.

The province focused on allocating capital on poor communes, with investment four to five times higher than other communes. 

Currently, 20 communes in the locality have been recognised as new rural areas

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Ngoc Nghi said authorities will continue mobilising financial sources to build infrastructure such as transport, irrigation, schools, and electricity and clean water supplying network, prioritising particularly poor communes. 

In 2017, the province aims to have more 10 new rural communes. 

Initiated by the Vietnamese Government in 2010, the programme sets 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, with a view to modernising rural areas.

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

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