The Prime Minister on August 16 issued Decision No. 1600/QD-TTg, approving the national target program on building a new countryside which aims to increase the proportion of communes throughout the country achieving the new-countryside standards to 50 percent by 2020.
Each province or centrally-run city will strive to have at least one district attaining the new countryside standards__Photo: Internet
Accordingly, each province or centrally-run city will strive to have at least one district attaining the new-countryside standards.
Among the 19 standards of a new countryside, the number of standards met by all communes nationwide will increase to 15, and no communes will be left behind for meeting less than five standards.
In addition, essential infrastructure facilities such as road, power system, clean water supply, school and commune-level health stations will be completely built to meet production and daily-life needs of local inhabitants.
Meanwhile, production models will be developed to provide stable jobs to rural inhabitants, thereby helping them increase their income by at least 1.8 times compared to that of 2015.
In order to achieve the above targets, the decision sets forth solutions of further carrying out a social campaign on building a new countryside in a deeper and wider manner, further improving quality of propaganda and movements of emulation to build a new countryside from the central to grassroots levels in order to raise the public awareness about the campaign, and regularly updating of advanced models and experience on building a new countryside in the mass media for nationwide multiplication.
The Government will also intensify the decentralization of powers to communes in building their own rural areas under simplified special mechanisms, ensuring transparency, openness and accountability throughout the course of implementation.
From 2017, at least 80 percent of land use levy amounts collected at communes will be retained for implementing the new countryside program. Other funding sources will come from local enterprises and voluntary financial contributions of rural inhabitants.
The total state budget allocation for the program is estimated to be at least VND 193 trillion, including VND 63 trillion from the central budget and VND 130 trillion from local budgets.- (VLLF)