As the deadline to expand the Kingdom’s social nettings programme is set for this year, Labour Minister Ith Samheng is urging NSSF officials to finish their study so protection can also be provided to public officials, former civil servants and veterans under its “occupation risk” section.
Currently, only garment workers and others working in the private sector are covered under the NSSF’s “occupation risk” section.
Those under the section are qualified for NSSF medical benefits until they recover and Mr Samheng said he wants the same policy to apply to public officials, former civil servants and veterans.
“NSSF [officials] have to prepare a report so the [inclusion] policy can be launched soon,” he said. “They have to collaborate with ministries and relevant institutions to account for all [who will benefit from this policy].”
Mr Samheng said the NSSF is disseminating information to civil servants and veterans who would qualify to receive security settings.
NSSF director Ouk Samvithya on Tuesday said a working group has been studying legal aspects before the report is submitted to the Labour Ministry.
“The government is planning to finalise this soon,” Mr Samvithya said. “This policy was implemented in the private sector, now we want the same for others.”
“This is a good system for our public officials,” he added. “The government is obliged to provide funding, but we do not yet know how much.”
According to an Interior Ministry civil servant who declined to be named, if he was to be given NSSF social protection, he would not need to pay medical fees if he gets hurt at work.
“I think this aid from the government will help those with lower wages,” the civil servant said. “However, I have never had any risks at work.”