At the ceremony to hand over new-style rural area certificate to Thanh Xuan commune (Source: qdnd.vn)

Hau Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang has recognised Thanh Xuan commune of Chau Thanh A district as a new-style rural area, raising the number of such communes to 20.

Addressing a related ceremony on October 19, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dong Van Thanh praised Thanh Xuan authority and people’s efforts in fulfilling all 19 criteria of the New-Style Rural Building Programme.

In 2011, the commune finished only 5 out of the required 19 criteria, however, locals have promoted their solidarity in completing the programme, he said.

He asked the commune and Chau Thanh A district to continue showing strong performance in improving locals’ income, sanitation, cultural life, health care services, and speeding up poverty reduction.

Thanh Xuan has spent over 132 billion VND (5.8 million USD) sourced from the State budget and the community for the effort.

So far, all roads in the commune have been asphalted and concreted, while the ratio of locals accessing safe power and water is 99.5 percent and 98.41 percent.

Average incomes of locals is over 38 million VND (1,672 USD) per year. The ratio of poverty to multidimensional standards is 3.98 percent, and 99.79 percent of local labourers manage to find jobs.-VNA