Over 54 percent of communes recognised as new-style rural areas hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – As many as 4,849 out of the 8,902 communes nationwide, or 54.47 percent, have been recognised as new-style rural areas, said the central coordination office on new-style rural area building.

The average number of criteria achieved per commune hit 15.66. However, 1,210 communes reached less than 10 criteria, accounting for 13.59 percent.

As of January, 114 units at district-level were honoured with the recognition.

The national target programme on building new-styled rural areas was initiated by the Government in 2010 with the aim of developing rural regions. It initially had 19 criteria, but that increased to 20 in 2015.

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

After 10 years of implementing the programme, positive results have been recorded./.