Thousands of new mothers get baby benefits

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The benefits were launched this year to help support garment workers starting families. KT/Ven Rathavong

The government paid about $390,000 to female garment workers who delivered babies in January as part of new benefits launched this year.

According to a report from the National Social Security Fund obtained yesterday, 3,881 female workers delivered babies in January.

“The 3,881 female garment workers delivered 3,913 babies in January, with 32 of of them having twins,” the report said.

The report added that $391,300 were paid to the workers in January.

Last year, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the government would begin providing bonuses of $100 per worker who delivered one baby, while mothers of twins would receive $200 and mothers of triplets would get $300 starting in 2018.

Mr Hun Sen said at the time that the state must prepare to pay at least $10 million per year, because there were 1.2 million garment workers, of which 900,000 were female, with a pregnancy rate of 2.7 per cent.

“This means about 24,000 garment workers have babies each year,” he said.

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