Many people in rural areas still live under the poverty line
(KPL) The government has an ambitious plan to reduce the number of poor families down from 76,318 to 70,924 by the end of this year, according to an official.
Mr Souphanh Keomixay, Minister of Planning and Investment, has said that the government will work hard to have at least 5,580 more families, or 0.4 percent of the total families in the country elevated from below-poverty-line status this year.
Realising such a plan would mean that 178 more villages will be declared poverty-free communities this year. As a result, the total number of poor communities would be reduced to 1,511.
Across the country, poor families represent 6.56 percent of the total families, while the number of poor villages stands at 1,689.
In its annual national socio-economic development plan 2017, the government has stated its ambition to have at least 78 more communities declared as development villages. If such a target is achieved, the number of development villages will reach 3,914, increasing from 3,836.