The Cambodian government issued five sub-decrees on Monday, providing an allowance to all members of the armed forces and civil servants for the Khmer New Year, and increasing the salary of officials from the Interior Ministry and Defence Ministry.
In the sub-decree on the provision of allowances for the Khmer New Year, the government said it will provide 50,000 riel, or about $12.50, to civil servants and members of the armed forces.
Recipients of the bonus include legislative officials, court officials, National Police officers, prison officials of the Interior Ministry, personnel of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, and council members of provinces, districts and communes.
Also included are village chiefs, deputy village chiefs, contract officers and employees working at the national and sub-national level, retirees, former civil servants who are disabled or unable to work, former armed forces personnel, and former National Police officials.
Speaking at the inauguration of a stretch of National Road 1 in Phnom Penh yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said he had signed five sub-decrees on Monday, providing an allowance to the armed forces and civil servants before Khmer New Year and increasing the salary of the army, National Police and general civil servants.
“Before Khmer New Year, a lot of money is spent. First, increase the salary twice a year. Increase the basic salary and function allowance,” he said.
“Second, the allowance before Khmer New Year will be paid on time for the New Year and the salary for April will be paid by the third week, as officials have to spend a lot for the New Year.”
He also responded to criticism of his leadership, saying that during his nearly 40 years of leading the country, his government has never lacked money to provide to civil servants, and has never borrowed foreign money or sought aid to pay officials’ salaries.
Meng Pheakdey, police chief of the anti-economic crime department in Preah Vihear province, said he was glad to receive the information that the government had raised his salary.
“I am very happy that the government has increased the salaries of all civil servants and armed forces,” he said. “This salary increase will help the burden of any expenses, but it is not 100 percent enough, as the price of other goods always increases when salaries increase.”
San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, said that the salary increase for civil servants and the armed forces had been promised.
“The general public wants every item to be reasonably priced in order to balance the income of civil servants and other expenses in daily life,” he said.