The Chinese central authorities unveiled a three-year action plan yesterday for improving the rural living environment.
The action plan was jointly released by the General Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council.
It is highly relevant for the country to accomplish its goal of building a moderately prosperous society by 2020. It has great significance on the well-being of farmers and harmony of rural society, according to the document.
"Although progress has been made, the living environment in rural China is very unbalanced with many areas in the grip of dirtiness and disorder. It falls short of people's expectations byfar and marks a key weakness of social and economic development," it said.
To reverse that, the country aims to make remarkable improvements in rural living environment by 2020. Villages should be clean and tidy, and villagers should have enhanced hygiene and health awareness.
The action plan was announced after China on Sunday released a package of policies under the "No. 1 central document" of the year, charting the roadmap for rural vitalization.
The strategy of rural vitalization was first proposed as one ofthe major aspects of developing a modernized economy in a report delivered to the 19th National Congress of the CPC.
In this latest document, the strategy was described as a "historic task" essential to accomplishing China's modernization goals and building a moderately prosperous society.