10:33 | 12/01/2016 Society
Building new-style rural areas has been a top priority of northern Son La province as the mountainous locality sets goals to beat poverty as fast as it can to achieve sustainable development.
A inter-village road was concreted in northern Son La province (Source: VNA)
Over the past three years, the province concreted more than 960 kilometres of roads at a total cost of 1.06 trillion VND (47.17 million USD) as part of its new-style rural area programme. Some 31 percent of the investment was sourced from the State while the remaining was contributed by local residents.
Roads in Son La now stretch the length of more than 9,000 kilometres, 67 percent of which have been solidified.
Thanks to the locality’s great effort, three of its communes – Chieng Xom in Son La city, Muong Giang in Quynh Nhai district and Chieng Ban in Mai Son district – were recognised as new-style rural areas in 2015.
It has ten communes that almost meet all 19 new-style rural area criteria. On average, each commune has fulfilled 6.5 criteria.
Son La is home to 12 ethnic minority groups. Some five out of its 11 districts and city are defined as poor while 99 communes and 1,340 villages are listed as extremely poor.
The province looks to have five more new-style rural communes and 53 others which fulfill 10-18 criteria by the end of this year.
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./.