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Apr 08, 2014 / 10:30

New rural area programme helps improve local life

The living standards of people in Ho Chi Minh City`s suburban areas have improved significantly thanks to the national new rural area building programme, a recent review meeting heard.

In Xuan Thoi Thuong commune, Hoc Mon district, infrastructure and people's livelihoods have improved, with many transport projects, healthcare and cultural facilities, schools, and others operating there, said Van Thi Bach Tuyet, chairwoman of the district People's Committee.
Xuan Thoi Thuong commune is one of six communes in the city chosen to participate in the programme, the others being Tan Thong Hoi and Thai My in Cu Chi district, Tan Nhat in Binh Chanh district, Nhon Duc in Nha Be district, and Ly Nhon in Can Gio district. 

The programme seeks to develop infrastructure and production, improve livelihoods, protect the environment, ensure social security, culture, and other aspects by creating jobs, providing loans, and training people. 

At the meeting, Nguyen Phuoc Trung, director of the city Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the six communes have fulfilled all of the programme's 19 criteria related to transport, irrigation, housing, poverty mitigation, and political and social security among others. 

The average per capita income in these communes has risen significantly, he said, adding that in Xuan Thoi Thuong commune for instance it increased to 32.2 million VND (1,524 USD) from 29.5 million VND (1,396 USD ) a year earlier. 

Last year the city expanded the pilot programme to 50 other communes. Trung said it carried out more than 1,500 traffic, irrigation, electricity, and educational works and rebuilt 730 dilapidated houses at a cost of 3.9 trillion VND (184.7 million USD). 

Besides, more than 7.4 trillion VND (355 million USD) was invested in agricultural development to improve people's income and reduce poverty, he said. 

The poverty ratio – households with a yearly average income of below 12 million VND (568 USD) are classified as poor — has fallen from 5.77 percent in 2010 to 1.15 percent now, he said. 

This year the city would ensure that at least 17 other communes fulfill a minimum of 17 of the criteria, and all other communes meet at least 15, he said. 

Le Thanh Liem, deputy chairman of the city People's Committee, said the city also targets replacement of all dilapidated and temporary houses this year as part of the programme. 

Trung said the city needs around 9.78 trillion VND (463.2 million USD) to invest in basic infrastructure, restructuring production, education, healthcare, and cultural activities in these areas this year.-