HA NOI — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday called for more effort in sustainable rural development at his meeting with the national steering committee on building pilot models of rural areas.
|Children play outside the Tan Tra communal kindergarten in the northern province of Thai Binh. The kindergarten has been upgraded to meet new standards for rural areas. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
Briefing the Party leader and other members of the Party Central Committee, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said that between 2009-11, most of the criteria in developing rural areas had been met in 11 pilot communes.
Besides receiving State funding of VND10-50 billion (US$0.5-2.5 million) for each pilot commune, they had also succeeded in drawing money from other sources for infrastructure development.
Compared with 2008, the average income in these communes had increased more than 60 per cent and the number of poor households had decreased between 6-14 per cent. Most of the pilot communes had also met basic criteria in education, health care, culture, clean water and other sanitation projects.
The programme's total funding was estimated at VND2.5 trillion ($119 million), with State funding accounting for 31.5 per cent. Residents also provided support in buying construction materials and working on important projects.
By the end of 2011, four out of 11 pilot communes had met 18 out 19 national criteria in the development of rural areas. It was expected that by the end of this year, most pilot communes would meet all 19 criteria.
Participants at the meeting agreed the nation's direction to develop rural areas was important but they said lessons must be learned from pilot communes and more support must be provided to pilot communes to serve as models nationwide.
Trong applauded the stirling efforts of the steering committee to put the resolution on rural development of the 7th session of the Party Central Committee into action. He said that after three years, the fruiful model had been taking shape. He continued to push for development in infrastructure, production, environment protection and job creation, among others, in addition to increasing residents' awareness and responsibilities.
Trong said, however, that many pilot communes had not met the criteria in regard to labour structure, income and environment and more effort must be exerted to attract financial support from the private sector and the public.
"Building new rural areas is the biggest component in the Party Central Committee's resolution, requiring constant efforts to monitor the progresses alongside with adjusting new criteria," Trong stressed. — VNS