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Thanh Hoa (VNA) – The north central province of Thanh Hoa has taken a number of specific measures to fulfill its new-style rural area building plan, striving to have an additional 42 communes accomplishing all criteria of the programme in 2018.

The province is making procedures to seek the government’s recognition of Quang Xuong and Dong Son districts as new-style rural areas in the year.

At the same time, it will focus on helping Muong Chanh commune in Muong Lat district complete from three to five criteria, and ensuring that each mountainous district has at least three new-style communes, thus raising the average number of completed criteria in each commune to 16 out of the total 19 criteria.

In order to reach the target, Thanh Hoa will strengthen the apparatus of administrations at all levels to enhance their capacity in directing the implementation of the programme.

Localities across the province will step up communications campaigns on the programme, while adjusting its policy to ensure the efficiency of the work, and giving adequate resources for production development and build new models.

In the 2016-2020 period, districts will complete regional planning to match criteria of the programme. Investment in public works will be managed efficiently to avoid wastefulness.

Tran Duc Nang, deputy chief of the coordination office for new-style rural area building of Thanh Hoa, said that the province has raised over 5,900 billion VND (260 million USD) to upgrade 857km of rural roads, 216km of canals, 85 irrigation works, 1,512 classrooms, 95km transformer stations and 335km low-voltage transmission lines.

In addition, 94 cultural houses, and 11,957 houses for locals have been built. So far, the province has had 241 new-style rural communes, along with 115 communes completing 15-18 criteria.

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

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

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, by February 21, 2018, there were 3,160 communes nationwide recognised as new-style rural areas, 35.4 percent of the total communes.-VNA