The Prime Minister on October 21 issued Decision 1385/QD-TTg to approve a plan on providing poor villages in border, mountainous, coastal areas and on islands with support for new countryside building and sustainable poverty reduction for the 2018-20 period.
|A poor household in Dien Bien province is provided with monetary support to raise buffalo__Photo: VNA|
Under the plan, all communes nationwide will meet at least five criteria for new countryside status. The rate of poor households will be reduced by at least five percent according to the multi-dimensional poverty reduction standards for the 2016-20 period.
By 2020, the income of local residents in communes covered by the plan will be at least 1.6-1.8 times the income level recorded in 2015.
All villages and mountainous hamlets are expected to achieve the goal of having effective production or business models or community-based culture and tourism village models, or basically completing the construction of essential infrastructure works (power and water supply and production facilities) to serve villagers’ daily life.
At least half of the villages and mountainous hamlets covered by the plan will satisfy the new countryside criteria prescribed by provincial-level People’s Committees. The plan will provide assistance to over 3,500 villages and mountainous hamlets in 363 difficulty-hit communes in 36 provinces that fail to meet at least ten of the set new-countryside criteria, including 564 villages that fail to meet at least five criteria.
It will help develop concentrated production models in connection to raw material zones according to local conditions; and introduce community-based culture and tourism village models. Training courses on community development skills will be provided to rural development boards and prestigious persons in local communities while vocational training will be provided to rural laborers.- (VLLF)