A ditch is built with assistance from Programme 135 in Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province (Photo: VNA)

Lao Cai (VNA) – The implementation of Programme 135 under the National Target Programme on Sustainable Poverty Reduction has considerably contributed to socio-economic development of northern mountainous provinces over the last two years.

The assessment was made by participants in a workshop held in Lao Cai city of Lao Cai province on June 1. The event was an occasion for 19 northern mountainous provinces to share their experience in the implementation of the programme.

Data revealed at the workshop show that by the end of 2017, the rate of poor households in the region dropped to 13.12 percent, down 5.36 percent from 2015. The provinces with the fastest poverty decline are Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Yen Bai and Ha Giang.

In Hoa Binh, people’s active engagement is one of the key factors to ensure the effective implementation of the programme, an official of the province said, noting that grassroots authorities have been instructed to step up disseminating the State’s policies and call for people’s joint efforts in the programme.

Meanwhile, Lao Cai province has worked to ensure democracy in the work by boosting people’s participation in the planning, preparation, implementation, supervision and examination of projects under Programme 135.

Quang Ninh province was said to have used policies and resources in an appropriate manner to enhance the effectiveness of assistance provided by this programme. In the 2016-2020 period, seven communes of Quang Ninh have escaped from the particularly disadvantaged situation and exited from Programme 135. 

Meanwhile, five and 12 communes have registered to accomplish the programme in 2018 and 2019, respectively, so the province is expected to have no communes benefiting the programme in 2019, a Quang Ninh official reported.

Launched in 1999, the Government’s Programme 135 aims to boost socio-economic development in particularly disadvantaged communes in ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas.

In 2017-2020 period, the programme covers 2,139 extremely disadvantaged and border communes in 46 provinces nationwide.-VNA