Gov’t Launches New Cash Transfer Scheme to Assist IDPoor Families During COVID-19

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday launched a new government project to spend $25 million a month to support IDPoor households affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The program will facilitate cash transfers to households identified by the government as part of the Identification of Poor Households Program, often referred to as IDPoor. The prime minister said around 560,000 families will be the beneficiaries of the program, which he said was funded by the state budget and was only a temporary measure.

“This is not the state feeding people. But it is huge social assistance,” said Hun Sen, who was speaking at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. “This is a responsibility of a poor state, but the poor state is still trying to help the poor.”

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