(HBO) – Over the past years, the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies on ethnic minority affairs have enabled rural areas in Hoa Binh province to reduce poverty sustainably.

Thanks to livelihoods support programmes for ethnic minorities, farmers in Hien Luong commune of Da Bac district have gained more resources to invest in cage fish farming.

Ha Tuan Hai, head of Mai Chau district’s ethnic minority affairs office, said thanks to central agencies, all-level authorities, and organisations’ attention and strong support for livelihood and infrastructure development, residents in Hang Kia and Pa Co communes have enjoyed considerable improvements in their lives.

Most recently, the district has been carrying out a socio-economic development project at a total coast of 5 billion VND (over 213,200 USD) for Mong ethnic people in Hang Kia and Pa Co in the 2021 - 2025 period, he noted.

In early 2020, under the National Assembly Standing Committee’s Resolution No 830/NQ-UBTVQH on the organisation of district- and communal-level administrative units, Quang Tien commune of Hoa Binh city was established basing on the merger of the entire populations and areas of Yen Quang and Phuc Tien communes.

Nguyen Van Hoa, Vice Chairman of the Quang Tien communal People’s Committee, said thanks to the fruitful implementation of Programme 135 on socio-economic development in underprivileged communes in mountainous and remote areas, Quang Tien has escaped from the particularly disadvantaged status and become a new-style rural area.

In the New Year, he went on, the commune will work to maintain and improve its qualification of the new-style countryside criteria it has met, continue mobilising resources for building essential infrastructure facilities, and keep improving rural residents’ income and life quality.

Over the past years, the Hoa Binh provincial Party Committee and People’s Committee have paid consistent attention to socio-economic development in ethnic minority areas through the issuance of resolutions, projects, and plans and the appropriate and flexible implementation of the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies in each locality.

The concerted implementation of programmes and projects has helped lift tens of thousands of households out of poverty, bringing down the rate of poor households by 3.21% annually on average (exceeding the target). The household poverty rate in particularly disadvantaged communes has been reduced to about 23%.

By now, 73 of the 129 communes in Hoa Binh province have been recognised as new-style rural areas, 309 schools met national standards, all households gained access to stable and safe power supply, and the infrastructure system also built and upgraded. The rate of particularly disadvantaged communes has been decreased to about 39% of all communes, wards, and towns in the province. The quality of healthcare services has been increasingly guaranteed.

Dinh Thi Thao, head of the provincial board for ethnic minority affairs, said with the obtained achievements, the national target programme on socio-economic development in ethnic minority and mountainous areas for 2021 - 2025 in Hoa Binh is expected to create more momentum for these areas to develop faster and more sustainably in the coming time./.

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