Vietnam aims for half of communes getting new-style rural status hinh anh 1A commune obtains the new-style rural model title (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA) –The national target programme for building new-style rural areas between 2016-2020 sets a goal of having at least 50 percent of communes meeting new-style rural area criteria by 2020.

It also encourages each province and centrally-managed city to have at least one district recognised as the new-style rural district.

To realise the objectives, the Prime Minister has promulgated a plan to realise an emulation movement in response to the programme.

Under the plan, the Central Emulation and Reward Council will select provinces or centrally-run cities; and ministries, agencies, organisations and State-owned economic groups with outstanding performance in building new-style rural areas for rewards.

Provinces or centrally-run cities will select districts meeting new-style rural building criteria, 5 percent of communes obtaining the title and 5 percent of communes recognised as model new-style rural areas in the 2016-2020 period.

Each ministry, agency and organisation will nominate two or three affiliates and one or two individuals with excellent achievements in the movement for rewards. Meanwhile, each province or centrally-run city will introduce two or three outstanding individuals.

According to regulations, communes which attain the title will be granted one billion VND (45,000 USD) worth of welfare facilities while districts will be rewarded the third-class Labour Order and welfare facilities worth 10 billion VND (450,000 USD).

Provinces which obtain the new-style rural model will receive the first-class Labour Order and 30 billion VND (1.35 million USD) worth of welfare works.

Outstanding units and individuals will be offered the certificate of merit or even the third-class Labour Order and rewards.

The programme aims to build new-style rural areas with a view to lifting the material and spiritual living standards of people, developing socio-economic infrastructure, and achieving economic restructuring.

It also aims to combine agricultural development with that of urban areas and create a democratic, equal and stable rural society with traditional cultural identities.

The number of criteria completed by communes in the country on average must increase to 15 out of 19 and no commune should have completed less than five criteria.

Under the programme, necessary facilities like roads, electricity, clean water, schools and medical stations will be developed.

Total State investment capital for the national target programme is estimated to be at least 193 trillion VND (8.66 billion USD), of which 63 trillion VND will be from the central budget and 130 trillion VND from local budgets.-VNA