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Hanoi (VNA)
– Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has signed a decision issuing criteria for model new-style rural commune in 2018-2020.

There are four groups of criteria that a rural commune should meet in order to earn the title.

The first group of criteria deal with production, income and household poverty rate. Accordingly, a model rural commune must have concentrated production areas for local key products that meet quality and food safety standards, ensure profits and resilience to climate change. It also must have at least two new-style profitable cooperatives.

The per capita income at the commune must be at least 1.5 times higher than the level at the time it was recognised as a new-style rural commune.

The commune also has no households living under the poverty line, except for those who are beneficiaries of social welfare or who fall into poverty due to natural calamities, accidents and serious illness.

The second group criteria is on education, health care and culture, under which at least 90 percent of children in the commune should go to kindergarten, and 100 percent of six-year-old children go to elementary school. At least 95 percent of local 11-year-old children must complete elementary education and the remaining should be attending elementary school. Also, at least 95 percent of youths from 15 to 18 years old in the commune must be attending general secondary school, regular educational centre or vocational school.

The commune’s clinic must meet requirements to provide medical check-ups and treatment for patients covered by health insurance; at least 95 percent of the local permanent residents participate in health insurance and at least 90 percent of residents have their health regularly checked.

The commune must regularly hold cultural and sport activities that attract the participation of at least 60 percent of permanent residents, and each village in the commune must have at least one art group or cultural-art club that operate regularly.

The third group of criteria deal with environmental protection, which require that at least 90 percent of solid waste is collected and treated in accordance with regulations, and at least 50 percent of daily waste is classified and treated.

At least 60 percent of roads in the commune should have water drainage ditches, with trees and flowers planted along.

The commune must have some forms of environmental protection organisations such as cooperatives, groups or clubs operating regularly in collecting waste, cleaning up the environment and carrying out communication activities on the environment.

At least 90 percent of local households engaging in animal husbandry must have hygienic breeding facilities, and 100 percent of households engaging in production and business activities must meet standards on waste and waste water discharge.

Under the fourth group of criteria, during the three consecutive years before the year the commune applies for the title of model new-style rural area, the commune should not have any case of illegal petitions involving large numbers of people and any local resident committing crimes. The local administration must ensure transparent and effective administrative procedures.

The Prime Minister requires relevant ministries and agencies to issue guidance on implementing the criteria for model new-style rural communes. The People’s Committees of centrally-run cities and provinces are instructed to select suitable communes for the building of model new-style rural areas.-VNA