Standing members of the CPC Central Committee raise their hands to adopt a decision on major issues concerning rural reform and development at the four-day plenum which ended in Beijing on October 12, 2008. [Xinhua]
BEIJING -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Sunday approved a decision on major issues concerning rural reform and development at the close of a four-day plenum.
Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, delivered a work report at the third Plenary Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee, which was held from October 9 to 12 in Beijing.
The country was facing challenges in its rural development and reform, but it would firmly push forward the work, said the communique issued after the plenum.
"Rural infrastructure is still weak and needs improving. Rural development is lagging behind and needs support. Farmers' income increases slowly and needs speeding up," said the document.
Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, makes a work report at the third Plenary Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee which ended in Beijing on October 12, 2008. [Xinhua]
"We will firmly push forward the rural reform. We will continue to emancipate the mind," it said. "We shall work out new concepts and ideas to solve the problems in rural development."
The government would try to make a breakthrough in reforming the rural system, proceed in liberating the rural economy and improving its dynamics, create a better economic environment, improve rural development policy, it said.
In the communique, the CPC promised to invest more government budget in public service in rural areas, including education, health care, employment, housing and pension sectors.
It also asked Party organs and governments at all levels to put rural development at the top of their agendas and embody the national rural development strategy in policies, planning, budgets and assigning officials.
A total of 202 full members and 166 alternate members of the Committee attended the plenum, according to the communique.
Members of CPC central commission for discipline inspection and top officials of the relevant departments were also present at the session, the communique said.
Some delegates to the 17th CPC National Congress who have been working on agriculture and rural development at the grass roots, and experts and scholars on agriculture, rural areas and farmers also attended the plenum.