|President Truong Tan Sang yesterday joined the residents of An Thai Village in the northern province of Ha Nam in celebrating the annual National Great Solidarity Festival. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang yesterday joined the residents of An Thai Village in the northern province of Ha Nam in celebrating the annual National Great Solidarity Festival.
The festival marks the founding anniversary of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (November 18, 1930-November 18, 2014).
President Sang said that the VFF has upheld the nation's noble tradition of unity, gathering people from all walks of life in the fight for national independence and freedom.
In the national development process, the VFF has grown from strength to strength, expanding to meet the requirem0ents of each period, and had become one of the decisive factors in the success of the Vietnamese revolution, he said.
Sang hailed the remarkable success of the front's "All people unite to build a cultural life" campaign. He said it had helped enrich the cultural and spiritual lives of communities nation-wide.
Meanwhile, the annual National Great Solidarity Festival has created a democratic forum for all people to voice their opinions, he said.
The President emph-asised that the VFF should work as a bridge by conveying public opinion to Party and State agencies. At the same time, it should co-ordinate with its member organisations and authorities to carry out efficiently its monitoring and social criticism functions, he added.
One of six villages in An My Commune, Binh Luc District, An Thai, with a population of 2,170, has become a model village in the "All people unite to build cultural life" campaign as well as the one on building new style rural areas.
Nearly 80 per cent of local households have met the criteria for recognition as a "cultural family."
Over the last two years, the village has completed the restructuring of its agriculture sector to create large-scale rice fields, allowing the application of scientific and technological advances. This has seen average rice yield rise to 13.5 tonnes per ha and annual per capita income to VND25.2 million (US$1,200).
Villagers told the President that they would continue to be an active part of national campaigns. They asked for greater State support for building infrastructure in the village, including the installation of an irrigation system. — VNS