The State Internet Information Office and China Daily hosted the “A Date with China” 2021 international media themed interview event, which focused on the themes of “Poverty Alleviation, Rural Rejuvenation,” and “Reform and Opening up for a Better Life”. Over the years, what stories about the changes in the Chinese countryside have been around you? Welcome to share with us!
I am the first secretary of a poverty-stricken village in a poverty-stricken county of the country. I have been in this position for 4 years. Since the beginning of poverty alleviation in 2016, I have been on the front line of poverty alleviation. Take the change of the village where I work as an example to answer this question. When I first arrived in the village, apart from the cement road leading to the village, the roadway connecting every household was a mud road, and it was impossible to stretch out when it rained. The villagers always go to the mountains to pick spring water or press their own wells. Most of the houses have brick and wood structure, and some have leaks. The beams of the houses have become moldy due to decay over time, which poses a greater safety hazard. Some villagers are skeptical of the cadres, thinking that our working group is going to the village to help the poor to do superficial work, and the cadre-group relationship is not close enough. Since serving as the first secretary, I basically live in the village on weekdays, and also live in the village at night. It takes more than an hour to drive home from the village on weekends. Although it is very hard, I have no complaints, because I know I participated in the largest poverty alleviation project in human history. I am proud that I can lead more than 500 people in a village out of poverty. Let’s talk about the changes in the village. By the end of 2020, all the poor people in the village have been lifted out of poverty, and the quality of poverty alleviation is high. Every household can eat meat anytime they want to. The living conditions of the family depend on how much bacon they hang in the yard at the end of the year. Got it. The entrance roads of nearly 200 households in the village are all cement roads, and the engineering quality standards are very high, so there is no need to step on the mud in rainy days. Every household in the village has installed tap water, so there is no need to climb mountains to pick mountain spring water. All houses with potential safety hazards were remodeled, replaced with better-quality glazed tiles, replaced with stronger beams, and demolished and rebuilt new houses if they were not properly repaired. Children from poor families receive government subsidies from kindergarten to university, and will not let a child drop out of school due to poverty. In terms of medical treatment, the villagers were able to see the disease, afford to see the disease, and see the good disease. This is an obvious change in hard power, and it is a manifestation of the fact that the villagers really feel the care of the party and the government. In terms of soft power, it is also my personal most fulfilling change. The relationship between the cadres and the masses has become closer. By actually serving the masses, the relationship between the villagers and the cadres can be harmonized. Now the villagers’ husbands and wives quarrel in the villagers’ homes will seek peace with the cadres. I went to the villagers’ homes to go to my relatives. Like home, I talked about everything, laughed and cursed. I was more open than in my own home. The work was carried out very smoothly, which gave me a deeper understanding of the terms “mass foundation” and “mass line.” The overall quality of village cadres has improved. Through the high-intensity work of the past few years, learning by doing, and doing while doing, the ability of village cadres has been tempered, and their working ability has been significantly improved. In addition to many bad habits, village cadres are now organized and methodical in their work. Knowing the procedures and observing the rules, serving people with morals in everything, has prepared a team of cadres for the next step of rural revitalization. All these changes were made by me and the cadres of the towns and villages in more than 1,000 long days and nights. The poverty alleviation of thousands of villages across the country is also the result of the hard work of tens of thousands of poverty alleviation cadres.