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China steps up efforts to build beautiful countryside areas featuring pleasant living environments

(People's Daily Online)    09:17, March 23, 2020

Local governments across China are stepping up efforts to reconstruct countryside areas into beautiful arrangements boasting pleasant living environments as the country will complete its task this year of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

(People's Daily Online/Liu Jia)

This year’s “No. 1 Central Document”, the first policy statement released by the country’s central authorities each year, stressed efforts to boost the development of rural infrastructure are highlighted.

Rural infrastructure is an area of weakness that should be strengthened as soon as possible, said Wei Houkai, director of Rural Development Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, adding that relevant projects can be completed on schedule if well planned despite of the novel coronavirus epidemic.

China will launch more demonstration projects involving rural roads that are well-constructed, well-managed, well-maintained and well-operated this year. It will also complete programs to consolidate and build on progress already made in providing safe drinking water in rural areas.

In response, local governments have adopted measures, including simplifying procedures and optimizing services, to help resume construction of projects in rural areas.

At Shejian town, Zhaohua district of Guangyuan in southwest China’s Sichuan province, the town’s government worked together with relevant departments in the district to continue the construction progress of a 6.5 km-long road linking Exiang village and Wufang village, which was suspended due to the epidemic.

They verified tendering and bidding documents via videos due to the impact brought by the epidemic, and guaranteed construction materials, personnel as well as capital for the project.

Shi Hongbin, secretary of the town’s party committee, has been inspecting progress on the construction site, while members of the two villages’ party committees work on the spot. Besides, the two villages set up a service team and are recruiting more construction workers.

Shi said the construction has been accelerated, expressing confidence that the road will open to traffic by the end of June.

Meanwhile, the document urged efforts to improve the rural living environment, education, medical services, social security and other areas of weaknesses.

Wei said medical services in rural areas is an important link. The reason being that improving capacity to offer medical and health care services in rural areas will make medical care more affordable and accessible for local residents.

The government of Suyu district of Suqian in eastern China’s Jiangsu province has included 13 village clinics into its key projects for reconstruction. It has established 93 teams consisting of some 1,000 doctors from 13 township hospitals and 138 community health centers to serve returnees.

Villagers were not willing to see a doctor at village clinics, but now 41.7 percent of villagers who have access to health care choose village clinics and township hospitals, said Huang Liling, a doctor at Guanzhuang village, Luji town of the district.

Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China has rolled out 50 measures to ensure that the targets of the three-year action plan on rural living environment improvement will be met this year.

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