The National Assembly yesterday adopted a law on the National Social Security Fund in a bid to provide a financial security net for civil servants, and those in the private and informal sectors.
CPP lawmakers voted in favour of the law comprising of 11 chapters and 106 articles to create a social security fund to ensure social equity, social solidarity and to promote people’s living standards, including through pensions and healthcare.
Lork Kheng, chairman of the National Assembly’s Commission on Healthcare, Social and Veteran’s Affairs and Women Affairs, said that the law covered all workers.
“Today, we are proud that under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen, we created a law on the social security fund to help our citizens,” Ms Kheng said, adding that when it comes into effect, garment and textile workers will receive pensions.
Lawmaker Hun Many said yesterday that civil servants and employees will benefit from the law.
“The gvernment led by the Cambodian People’s Party has disbursed a budget to protect civil servants and employees, and pregnant women,” Mr Many said.
Labour Minister Ith Samheng said that those employed in the public and private sectors, including the self-employed, will gain benefits from the social security fund.
He said that so far, more than two million workers in the private sector, former civil servants, and veterans are receiving healthcare through the fund.
“This law is another achievement for the Kingdom. It will respond to the people’s needs, especially garment workers and civil servants,” Mr Samheng said. “The Labour Ministry will make an effort to carry out this law effectively.”
He said that the government has worked to reach a poverty eradication goal.
Yong Kim Eng, president of the People Centre for Development and Peace, said that the law will benefit the impoverished.
“This law will promote people’s livelihoods, especially the poor,” Mr Kim Eng said.