Cambodia launches social security payments for poor

Ministry to determine who will qualify for cash assistance under policy ‘targeting at-risk families’.

The Cambodian government has initiated its third-ever social security payment system, citing a weak global economy, inflation, the Covid-19 pandemic and this year’s floods for exacerbating hardships among the poor, particularly in rural areas.

A directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the Planning Ministry to determine who will qualify for cash assistance under a government policy “targeting at-risk families across the country.”

It said they will “receive timely payments, in order to guarantee justice, equality, integrity and transparency … to ensure that at-risk people and families who are encountering real difficulty due to the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the severe flooding this year and inflationary pressures.”

In full: https://www.ucanews.com/news/cambodia-launches-social-security-payments-for-poor/99644

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