Baby bonus extended

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Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced more bonuses for mothers. Supplied

Women in the armed forces will receive a $200 bonus when they give birth to a child, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced yesterday.

Addressing a graduate ceremony, Mr Hun Sen said female public servants have received a baby bonus since 2006, but mothers in the armed forces were never covered under the scheme.

Mr Hun Sen said that from January 2018, all women who are public servants, police and military officials will receive $200 when they give birth to one child, while mothers of twins will receive $400 and triplet mothers will get $600.

The announcement came after a recent discussion on the Facebook page of Finance Minister Aun Porn Moniroth questioned the allocation of the bonuses.

Last month, Mr Hun Sen declared that pregnant workers in both the formal and informal sectors will receive bonuses from the government when they deliver babies.

Mothers who give birth to one child will receive $100, while mothers of twins will receive $200 and triplet mothers will get $300.

The Prime Minister told thousands of students there are 92,198 women working in public services and the armed forces.

He added that from 2018, the government will allocate about $2 million to pay the bonuses to mothers working in public services, plus $10 million for pregnant workers in both the formal and informal sectors. Imm Molika, an official from the Phnom Penh Department of Public Service, said she was happy because she will deliver her first child next year, adding the bonus will support her with the cost of having a new baby.

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