Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (fourth, left) and officials of Duc Tho district at the working session (Source: VNA)

Ha Tinh (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked Duc Tho to work hard to become the first district in the central province of Ha Tinh recognised as a new-style rural area by the end of 2018.

During a working session with officials of Duc Tho district on the occasion of his working trip to the locality on July 21, the PM urged authorities of Ha Tinh and its Duc Tho district in particular to make more efforts to improve locals’ living conditions, towards sustainably promoting poverty reduction.

PM Phuc called on the local authorities to make new strides in implementing the national target programme on building new-style rural areas.

He spoke highly efforts made by the district’s authorities in the work, especially in building model gardens and residential areas, which help improve incomes for locals and contribute to preserving traditional culture values in the community.

While stressing the goal of new-style rural area development, PM Phuc said this is a big policy of the State which aims to bring a better life to the people.

Statistics show that Duc Tho mobilised nearly 2.6 trillion VND (113.5 million USD) for building new-style rural areas over the last eight years.

As many as 18 out of 27 communes in the district have met new-style rural area stardards.

Notably, agriculture accounts for only 22.2 percent of the district’s economic structure. The trade and service field accounts for the largest proportion, with 45.8 percent. In 2017, the district’s annual per capita income stood at 35.3 million VND, while the rate of poor households was only 4.9 percent.

The building of model gardens and residential areas is the highlight in the new-style rural development in Duc Tho, showing the local authorities’ renovation in the work.

A total of 147 residential areas and 755 gardens of this kind were formed in the locality, laying a foundation for building new-style rural areas in a sustainable manner in Ha Tinh.

The local authorities have also mapped out a plan to streamline administrative units, with the target of having only 13 communes by 2025, down 15 compared to the current figure, helping reduce expenditure of 25 billion VND per year.

The PM underlined the need for the locality to do better the work of building and consolidating the political system, and streamlining administrative apparatus, towards people’s greater satisfaction.

On the occasion, the Government leader laid a wreath and offered incense at the memorial site dedicating Tran Phu - the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam in Quan Hoi mountain of Duc Tho district.-VNA