First observation丨The general secretary puts forward new requirements regarding the rural toilet revolution

  At the National Rural Toilet Revolution on-site meeting held on July 23, General Secretary Xi Jinping's recent important instructions on deepening the rural toilet revolution were conveyed and learned.

The general secretary emphasized that seeking good is not seeking quickness, resolutely opposes torturing the people and money, and arguing for formality, and requires doing this year after year to truly do this good thing well and do it practically.

  Some people say that the gap between urban and rural areas in China sometimes lies in one toilet.

In the past few years, urban children were reluctant to go to the countryside, and urban wives were reluctant to return to their hometowns. The major reason was the inconvenience of "convenience".

  In the eyes of General Secretary Xi Jinping, the “trivial matter” of changing the toilet is related to the people’s livelihood-when visiting farmers’ homes outside of the country, it’s time to ask about the time when the two sessions are organized to discuss the country, and they have given important instructions many times Deploy yourself.

  In the mind of General Secretary Xi Jinping, the rural toilet reform is nothing more than a "revolution."

The General Secretary has repeatedly emphasized that as the pace of agricultural modernization accelerates, the construction of a new countryside must continue to advance, and there will be a "toilet revolution" to allow rural people to use hygienic toilets.

  On April 8, 2020, Wu Guihui, a villager in Longquan Village, Zhongliang Town, Shapingba District, Chongqing City, cleans the public toilets in the village.

Issued by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Huang Wei)

  The work of improving toilets can make up for the shortcomings of the farmers' quality of life, improve sanitation habits, advocate civilized customs, and greatly improve the rural living environment, which will bring huge changes to the production and lifestyle, the appearance of the village, and the style of the villagers.

To do a good job in improving toilets, a series of extensive and profound changes must be carried out in terms of ideological understanding, cultural concepts, policy measures, and institutional mechanisms.

  If a well-off society is not a well-off society, the toilet is a pile.

For many years, General Secretary Xi Jinping has resisted this "trivial matter" and continued to deploy.

In April 2015, the General Secretary issued an important instruction on the "toilet revolution", emphasizing that "we must be determined to rectify various stubborn and uncivilized tourism practices as opposed to the'four winds'."

More than three months later, during an inspection and survey in Yanbian, Jilin, the general secretary requested that the "toilet revolution" be extended to the vast rural areas.

A public restroom in Barkhor Street, Lhasa (photographed on May 31, 2021).

Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Tian Jinwen

  Today, our country has built a well-off society in an all-round way.

In the important instructions for studying on the 23rd, the general secretary emphasized that during the "14th Five-Year Plan" period, the rural toilet revolution should continue to be an important task for rural revitalization.

  The rural toilet revolution is by no means a temporary success.

The situation in the rural areas of our country is very different. It is necessary to find out how to change toilets, and to implement scientific policies based on divisions and classifications, which is both doing our best and doing our best.

  In recent years, in the process of rural toilet reform, some areas have also encountered some problems that cannot be ignored.

Some places are greedy for big and fast; some places do not change, how to make changes without carefully listening to farmers’ opinions; some places do not take into account the geographical environment, climatic conditions, economic level and other factors to plan, and even simply use toilets as changing households Toilets; in some places, only construction and rebuilding, lack of standards for procurement of products, lack of training in construction, and lack of farmers’ evaluation in acceptance...

  It may seem like a trivial matter, but it is a major matter that affects people's livelihood, style, and heart.

  The clips from the past are unforgettable:

  More than 40 years ago, Zhaojiahe Village, Fengjiaping Township, Yanchuan County, Shaanxi Province, built the first toilet for men and women in history.

The person who renovated it was Xi Jinping, an educated youth who was staying in Zhaojiahe Village at that time.

  In 1982, Xi Jinping came to work in Zhengding, Hebei.

"Back then, Zhengding was relatively poor and backward. For example, a large number of rural "Lianmao pens" existed." Xi Jinping once recalled in an article: "'Lianmao pens' means toilets and pig pens are connected together, which is very unhygienic."

  If there is a problem, we must catch it.

The 1984 Work Outline of Zhengding County Committee of the Communist Party of China demonstrated this determination: "Actively transform Lianmao Circle, and strive to make the ancient city show a new look."

  From Hebei to Fujian, from Zhejiang to Shanghai, Xi Jinping paid attention to the toilet problem during his work in the local area, and promoted the solution of the local people's difficulties in using the toilet.


  On September 10, 2019, villagers in No. 4 Village, Sanshengkou Township, Yongqing County, Hebei Province cleaned their toilets.

Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Li Xiaoguo

  Grasp every "little thing" with the spirit of nailing nails, and strive to do one thing.

Behind each of the fragments is a deep understanding of the pain points of rural people's livelihood, the determination to improve the lives of the people, and the determination to advocate a civilized style, improve the rural environment and the spiritual outlook of the villagers.

  After all, rural toilets are built for farmers, and farmers’ dissatisfaction is the ultimate measure.

This "little matter" ultimately reflects whether we can adhere to the people-centered development thinking.

  In the first year, standing at a new historical starting point, General Secretary Xi Jinping once again put forward requirements for this work: "To give full play to the main role of farmers, pay attention to local conditions, scientific guidance, adhere to quantity and quality, and progress to actual results." The government and relevant departments must each take their own responsibilities and work together to manage them."

  How to advance the rural toilet revolution in the next step?

The four words in the important instructions of the General Secretary are the answer-solid!

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