Rural cadres would undergo training next year to improve their performance, Vice-President Hu Jintao said. During a visit to the border area between Shandong, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, Mr Hu admitted many village cadres fell short of public expectations. 'The present situation of our grassroots organisations does not meet the requirement of the central Government and the public, and they have failed to live up to their new mandates,' Mr Hu was quoted as saying by Xinhua yesterday. The Vice-President said the selection of rural cadres was crucial. Many lacked legal training and proper understanding of a market economy. Beginning next year, rural cadres will undertake training to improve their knowledge of local economies and central Government policy, and to develop skills in resolving disputes. 'We must work hard to raise the level and ability of grassroots cadres in correctly analysing and dealing with internal conflicts with the rural population in this new era [of reform],' Mr Hu said. He emphasised the importance of transparency in local governments and elections of village representatives to monitor rural cadres.