Friday, July 05, 2019, 16:05 (GMT+7)
The armed forces of Kon Tum province join hands in building new-style countryside

As a mountainous, border province, Kon Tum holds a position of strategic importance in terms of economy, defence, and security to the Central Highlands and the whole country. It has 9 districts and 1 city with 102 communes, wards, and townships (13 border communes), including 2 poor districts, 3 near-poor districts, 61 communes in extreme difficulty, 16 communes and wards holding the key positions in terms of defence and security. After over 8 years of implementing the National Target Program on building new-style countryside, with the support by the Party, State, and Central sectors and committees as well as its potential land and mineral resources, the province has witnessed the rapid socio-economic development, rural appearance has been changed, and the people’s material and mental life has been improved. However, Kon Tum is still a poor province; the living standard of the people, particularly those living in the remote, isolated area is low while the rate of poor households within the ethnic minority groups is high. Clearly understanding the situation and grasping the 12th Politburo’s Directive 05 on studying and following Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, morality, and lifestyle, over the past years, the provincial armed forces have always joined local party committees, authorities, sectors, unions, and people in building new-style rural area and regarded it as an important part of the mass mobilization work.

Cadres and soldiers helping the people build the road

Based on 19 national criteria, 11 contents of new-style countryside building, and 5 groups of plan contents set by the Military Region 5’s Political Department as well as the targets for building new-style countryside set by the Provincial People’s Committee, the Provincial Military Command (PMC) and its Party Committee have directed offices and units to select the proper criteria. Focuses have been placed on advising local party committees and authorities about building the all-people national defence and the posture of all-people national defence associated with the posture of people’s security; making the local political system strong; taking part in helping the people with hunger eradication and poverty reduction as well as natural disaster prevention and control and search and rescue. To raise their staff’s aware of this task, offices and units have stepped up propagation and education of the importance of new-style countryside building, while launching the emulation movement entitled “the provincial armed forces join hands in building new-style countryside”. At the same time, they have heightened the role and responsibility of all-level party committees, commissars, and commands as well as cadres and party members’ exemplary role and working style, thereby making a huge change in their awareness and responsibility towards the performance of this task.

In addition, the PMC and its Party Committee have directed offices and units to closely combine the construction of new-style countryside with the “clever mass mobilization” movement, the Determination to Win Emulation Movement, localities’ patriotic emulation movement, and the revolutionary movements launched by the Party, Fatherland Front, sectors, and organizations. They have been required to closely cooperate with local party committees, authorities, and unions in encouraging the locals taking part in the construction of new-style countryside. Notably, in addition to the military and the militia and self-defence force, there have been a large number of union members and people, particularly members of the youth unions and women’s unions taking part in the pieces of work requiring the manual labour. The PMC and its Party Committee have directed offices and units to closely cooperate with local party committees, authorities, and sectors in surveying and selecting the areas and objects, working out the measures, making the action plans, and mobilizing the human and material resources to build new-style rural areas really effectively. According to the Regulation No.11 by the Provincial Party Committee on cooperation in the mass mobilization work of military units stationed in the province’s area, the PMC cooperates with the Provincial Mass Mobilization Commission and military units stationed in the area in executing the program on new-style countryside building. On a yearly basis, units organize donation and unanimously assign 1 unit to be in charge of building 1 public construction in the extremely difficult communes. At the same time, units have encouraged enterprises and benefactors participating in the construction of new-style countryside.

The PMC has combined the mass mobilization work and new-style countryside building with the execution of the Military Region 5’s guidelines, such as “Removing hunger households, reducing poor households” and “Jars of rice for the poor”. It has focused on directing offices and units to proactively cooperate with local party committees, authorities, and unions in reviewing and unanimously selecting the poor households, grasping the demands and aspirations of the households in need of support, particularly those who lack capital, labour, and knowledge of crop and animal husbandry, developing the specific plans to help the households improve their income and escape poverty. The contents of cooperation between units, households, and localities have been clearly stated in the documents signed by 3 sides (localities, units, and households). In the process, offices and units have flexibly adopted effective models, such as “Giving breeding cows to poor compatriots”, “Helping the people plant rice, litsea glutinosa, and coffee trees”, “Sweaters for the poor”, and “Helping children with schooling”. Moreover, units have used their funds to provide the locals with capital, fertilizer, and equipment for production worth hundreds of millions of VNDs, while helping the people till and restore over 50 hectares of agricultural land with thousands of working days. With their resolve, offices and units have achieved and exceeded by 15-20% of the targets set by the plan for hunger eradication and poverty reduction, thereby making contributions to improving the people’s material and mental life.

In addition, offices and units have well performed the work of propagation and education and organized the “jars of rice for the poor” right in all mess halls within the provincial armed forces. This is a model of studying and following Uncle Ho’s economical example and demonstrates the country’s tradition of “the good leaves protecting the worn-out leaves” in military units’ stationed areas. To achieve democracy and consensus in the process, the PMC and its Party Committee have directed the Political Office to give advice to offices and units in a close manner. Offices and units’ Soldiers’ Councils have held meetings to discuss the amount of rice to be saved in each meal and the way to collect, preserve, and use offices and units’ jars of rice. Units with many staff members who do not have meal in the mess hall have exchanged the amount of saved rice for money. Every October, the Soldiers’ Councils report the amount of saved rice to party committees, commands, and higher echelons’ political offices and cooperate with local party committees, authorities, and unions in presenting jars of rice or essential supplies to the locals. So far, the provincial armed forces have saved and presented over 57 tons of rice to over 390 poor households in the area and military families in difficulty.

Grasping and seriously implementing the Military Region 5’s Plan on assigning the areas of mass mobilization to units in the extremely difficult communes and the Provincial Party Committee’s Resolution on building the extremely difficult communes, the PMC has assigned the areas to units in charge of mass mobilization in those communes. It has founded a Board headed by Deputy Commissar of the PMC to help the PMC and its Party Committee direct, inspect, and review the performance of this work. Focuses of mass mobilization have been placed on encouraging the people to well implement the Party’s guidelines and the State’s law and policy; taking part in building and consolidating the grass-roots level political system; helping the people with socio-economic and cultural development, hunger eradication and poverty reduction, and natural disaster prevention and mitigation; stepping up the building of strong all-people national defence. Every 6 months and on a yearly basis, units cooperate with the communes in organizing the meetings to review the results and assign the following tasks.

Besides, the provincial armed forces have successfully organized cultural-artistic exchange programs combined with disseminating the Party’s guidelines and the State’s law and policy. Together with the people, the provincial armed forces have spent nearly 12,900 working days on building and repairing rural roads; helped the locals with economic development and agricultural transformation effectively; assisted them with seedlings and techniques; tilled rice paddy fields. Every year, offices and units dispatch and assign their cadres to grasp the grass-roots level areas and advise local party committees and authorities on performing the work of military call-up registration and building the militia force qualitatively and quantitatively. They have cooperated with other forces in patrolling and controlling the areas and grasping the situation in hamlets and villages to opportunely advise local party committees and authorities on dealing with the arising issues. Besides, on national holidays, offices and units have cooperated with local party committees and authorities in visiting and giving presents to families under the preferential treatment policy, people with meritorious service, poor households, and heads of twinned villages and hamlets, while sending cadres and soldiers to join in with the people on Tet holiday. Doing so has contributed to boosting socio-economic development, consolidating defence and security, maintaining political security and social order and safety as well as building and cementing the military-civilian solidarity.

The above-mentioned results provide an important basis for the provincial armed forces to continue taking part in building new-style countryside, translating the Politburo’s Directive 05 into daily life, and joining the Party Committee, Authority, and people of Kon Tum province in overcoming all difficulties and quickly fulfilling the National Target Program on new-style countryside building.

Sr. Col. Doan Van Nhat, Commissar of the PMC

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