King Norodom Sihamoni has signed a Royal Decree approving 50 new advisor positions at the Interior Ministry.
According to the three-page Royal Decree signed by the King last month, the new positions will be filled by advisors whose rank will be equivalent to undersecretary of state.
Phnom Penh Deputy Governor Ieng Aunny was one of the officials given an advisor position.
According to Article 2 of the Royal Decree, Prime Minister Hun Sen must immediately put the move into effect.
Last year, a similar move was made for the approval of 107 advisors to the Ministry of Labour, 21 with ranks equal to undersecretaries of state and 86 advisors with ranks equivalent to director-general.
At the time, some of the positions were given to Cambodian Union Federation president Chhoun Mom Thol and Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia official Ken Loo.
Tao Sokmara, spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry’s general administration department, declined to comment yesterday and referred questions to ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak, who could not be reached.
San Chey, director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, yesterday said the government is spending too much money on salaries.
“I see that ministry officials are willing to reform the way they work, especially at the sub-national level,” Mr Chey said. “The ministry should focus on sub-national officials so that they can work more efficiently.”
“If the government appoints too many advisors, then the work will be inflated,” he added. “The government should strengthen local institutions.”
Meanwhile, Major General Khov Ly has been named Kampong Cham provincial police chief.
Maj Gen Kov Ly, formerly deputy head of the ministry’s traffic and public order department, replaced Major General Luch Sovannara, who retired.