Gov’t to Take Strict Measures against Irregularities in Implementing Cash Relief Programme

AKP Phnom Penh, June 30, 2020 —

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has ordered local authorities at all levels to well carry out the Cash Transfer Programme for Poor and Vulnerable Households during COVID-19.

“I will take strict action and there will be no exception if some irregularities are found in any village and commune/Sangkat”, the Premier underlined in a message posted on his official Facebook page on June 30.

“I’ve recently launched the ‘Cash Transfer Programme for Poor and Vulnerable Households during COVID-19’ to ensure that poor people get support from the government. The update on poor and vulnerable households during the fight against COVID-19 is very crucial,” he added.

This work is almost entirely dependent on local authorities – village chiefs and commune/Sangkat councillors – who must work in a thorough and clear manner, said Samdech Techo Hun Sen, urging local authorities at all levels to do their best in doing the work and to avoid any improper registration of the poor and vulnerable households in order to ensure transparency and honesty in implementing this cash relief programme.

The Cash Transfer Programme for Poor and Vulnerable Households during COVID-19 was officially launched on June 24, 2020.

Under the programme, some US$25 million is allocated per month to process the first round and each household in urban areas is granted 120,000 Riel (approximately US$30) and 80,000 Riel (about US$20) for those living in rural areas without counting the allowance for each household member.

To benefit from the programme, households are required to be assessed by authorities and given a certificates from the designed authorities verifying that they are in a poor condition of level 1 or level 2.

The fund allocated for the programme is from the national savings, claimed to be around US$3.5 billion.

According to H.E. Aun Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Finance, there are 562,689 poor households in Cambodia, of them 211,746 are in level 1 and 350,940 in level 2.

By Heng Panha