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Dak Nong (VNA)
– As many as 800 families living in a remote commune in Dak Nong province on the Central Highlands have recently been given access to electricity.

The project to provide power access to villagers in Hamlets 5, 6, and 7 in Dak R’Mang commune, Dak G’Long district kicked off in mid-2017, according to the Dak Nong Power Company. After the construction of electricity infrastructure was completed, every household was then connected to the national grid earlier this month.

Having relocated to the area more than 15 years ago, the villagers have now been presented with this basic necessity, offering them a greater opportunity to expand their production and improve their incomes.

It is part of a larger rural power supply project in the province for the 2014-2020 period which aims to have all villages and a majority of the rural population connected to the national grid by 2020.

Dak R’Mang is a quite isolated commune which is hard to reach. It has a population of more than 7,000 people, 95 percent of whom are from the H’Mong and M’Nong ethnic minority groups.

The living standard in the commune has been much improved over recent years thanks to the construction of a number of roads, schools, and healthcare centres, said Pham Van Tinh, Chairman of the communal People’s Committee.

According to Tran Nam Thuan, Vice Chairman of the Dak R’Mang People’s Committee, most of the residents in this area are incredibly disadvantaged with very low incomes, and as such the stable power supply will give them a chance to develop production and escape poverty.

Nguyen Huu Tri from the Dak Nong Electricity Company said the project to supply electricity to three hamlets in Dak R’Mang had a total investment of nearly 12 billion VND (516,000 USD). The company has been working to give power access to more disadvantaged hamlets in Dak Ha and Quang Hoa communes, in G’Long district, he added. –VNA