Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said that the government will pay civil servants and all armed forces personnel their full salaries instead of in twice-monthly instalments this month, along with a 50,000 riel ($12.50) bonus, for the upcoming Khmer New Year.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh, Mr Hun Sen said the government is making the payments to help civil servants and armed forces personnel celebrate KNY with their families, noting that the normal operation of the two-time remuneration will resume next month.
“I would like to announce the operation of a one-time monthly salary payment in April, meaning that you all can have April’s second instalment in advance,” he said. “The government will also add a 50,000 riel bonus for all civil servants and armed forces personnel.”
Mr Hun Sen said this was the second time this year that the government has decided to pay civil servants and armed forces more money, noting that it had raised their salaries in January.
Finance Ministry spokesman Kim Sopheak yesterday said Minister Aun Pornmoniroth initiated the one-time remuneration to aid civil servants and armed forces personnel to have money to spend during KNY.
“The minister believes that by doing so, the public officials will be able to have a good time with enough money to spend during KNY,” he said. “The operation has no negative effect to the government’s coffers so he proposed to do this every year.”
Civil Service Minister Pich Bunthin announced yesterday that all civil servants and armed forces personnel will be paid the one-time remuneration no later than April 12.
“The ministry would like to inform all public institutions that the one-time salary operation for April and two-time operation for May requires cooperation from relevant parties,” he said. “Civil servants and armed forces personnel at all levels will get their payment before April 12.”
A civil servant at the Information Ministry said the one-time remuneration for April is a good solution to his financial needs during Khmer New Year.
“I’m glad that the head of government has paid attention and care to this issue, so we can have enough money to spend during Khmer New Year,” he said. “Although the bonus is not a lot of money, it is a form of encouragement that shows that the government cares.”