Commune Officials Wage Hike Plans Announced

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday announced plans to raise salaries of commune and village officials in an effort to close the gap between earnings of high- and low-ranking civil servants.

The draft sub-decree, which will see wages of commune chiefs rise from 300,000 riel per month (about $74) to 400,000 riel (about $98) was presented during Mr. Kheng’s speech at the ninth meeting of the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development at the Ministry of Interior.

“We have reviewed the salaries of members of commune councils as there has remained a very big gap between them and councilors at the city and district levels,” Mr. Kheng said.

Members of commune councils will get 300,000 riel (about $74) and village chiefs and their deputies will see wages hike to 160,000 riel (about $39) and 140,000 riel (about $34), respectively.

Srey Sokha, 55, a member of the Msa Krang commune council in Kompong Thom province’s Stong district, welcomed the announcement.

“I am very happy the Ministry of Interior will raise our salaries to 300,000 riel,” she said.

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