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Quang Binh (VNA)
– Authorities in central Quang Binh province has recognised two more new-style rural communes under the national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Government in 2010.

The recognition of Quang Thanh and Quang Trach communes bring the total localities realising new-style rural criteria in Quang Binh to 30 or almost 22 percent of the total 141 local communes.

In recent years, Quang Binh has mobilised all resources to help build these areas, with local community alone contributing over 450 billion VND (20.25 million USD).

Currently, an average commune fulfils 12.2 criteria of the programme, while 70 communes have realised the income criterion, and 76 communes ensure the rate of labourers with regular jobs.

The national target programme on building new-style rural areas, initiated by the Government in 2010, sets 19 criteria on socio-economic development, politics, and defence, aiming to modernise rural areas.

The criteria cover the development of infrastructure, the improvement of production capacities, environmental protection, and the promotion of cultural values.

The country aims to have 50 percent of all communes nationwide meeting all the requirements by the end of 2020.

As many as 1,526 communes and 15 districts nationwide completed all 19 criteria designed for being recognised as new-style rural areas, according to reports at a conference to review the UN Joint Project to support the programme (UNJP/VIE/051/UNJ) in early January.

Thanks to the programme, average per capita income in rural areas increased 1.9 times compared to 2010 and the rate of communes completing the set criteria is on the rise.-VNA