CMAC retirees to get pensions

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The Cambodian Mine Action Centre has called for all retired staff and families of deceased staff to contact its office to get a pension under its Royal Cambodian Armed Forces status.

CMAC director-general Heng Ratana posted on his Facebook page on Monday that all CMAC staff would get a pension from the government when they retired, were wounded or died.

He said that the Defence Ministry and CMAC were working together on the procedure to make all CMAC staff eligible for a pension, especially previously retired staff.

Mr Ratana did not confirm the exact schedule, but said it was no longer in the distant future.

“I would like to appeal to all brothers and sisters who are retired and families of deceased staff to contact the CMAC office near your home to prepare application forms to get a pension following our status under RCAF,” Mr Ratana said.

Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen officially approved CMAC staff under RCAF after a request from Defence Minister General Tea Banh.

According to Mr Ratana, there were more than 1,800 CMAC staff members, including about 290 who had already retired. Mr Ratana said CMAC, not the Defence Ministry, would still provide the staff salaries.

The integration of the CMAC into the Defence Ministry was aimed at getting the pensions. Mr Ratana added that demining workers can get medical examinations and treatment free at state hospitals.

Mr Ratana could not be reached for further comment.

After 25 years of demining, Cambodia has cleared 1,036,376 anti-personnel mines, 24,251 anti-tank mines, and 2,660,638 items of explosive remnants of war.

The number of mine and ERW casualties has been brought down from 4,320 per year in 1996 to an annual average of around 100 per year over the last five years.

Cambodia is aiming to be mine-free by 2025.

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