Local residents build rural roads in Dong Nai province (Photo: www.baodongnai.com.vn)

 

Dong Nai (VNA) – All 133 communes of 11 districts and cities in southern Dong Nai province have been recognised as new-style rural areas, local officials said.

Thanh Son commune of Dinh Quan district, along with Tan Phu and Dinh Quan districts and Bien Hoa city were the last localities in Dong Nai province to receive the title.

Tan Phu and Dinh Quan are mountainous districts. Under the national target programme on building new-style rural areas, local people have joined hands to build infrastructure and develop rural transport systems.

To date, all roads in the districts have been concreted, while Tan Phu and Dinh Quan record annual per capita incomes of 51 million VND (2,190 USD) and 49 million VND (2,100 USD), rising 3.5 times and 1.8 times compared to 2011, respectively.

Meanwhile, the poverty rate in Dong Nai province dropped to 0.31 percent from 6.22 percent previously.

The National Target Programme on New-style Rural Area Building, initiated by the Vietnamese Government in 2010, sets 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, aiming to boost rural regions of Vietnam.   

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

According to the Central Coordination Office for the Programme, as of the end of the first quarter of 2018, 3,289 communes nationwide earned the recognition as new style rural areas, up 220 communes compared to the end of 2017.

Forty-eight districts in 26 centrally-run cities and provinces were recognised as new-style rural areas.-VNA