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Government allocates over $31 million more for IDPoor scheme

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Un Chanda (right), Governor of Kampong Cham province, stands near women using IDPoor accounts to receive allowances for poor and vulnerable families during the fight against COVID-19 at a Wing shop. Kampong Cham Hall

The government has deposited more than $31 million to Wing agents nationwide to provide for the third round of payments for the IDPoor equity card scheme, set to benefit nearly 700,000 poor and vulnerable families, equivalent to 2.8 million people.

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Director of the social welfare department at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Chhour Sopannha told Khmer Times yesterday that the government has delivered $31.24 million for the first monthly payment distribution from yesterday to November 24. People with verified equity cards can now receive cash benefits at Wing agents across Cambodia.

“As for how many people will receive benefits for November and December, I do not know yet because we are still waiting to review new equity applicants,” he said.

Sopannha said the ministry has also removed around 10,000 families who falsely reported they deserve benefits.

The Ministry of Social Affairs announced yesterday the results of the implementation of the IDPoor cash subsidy programme for poor and vulnerable families during COVID-19 during the second round (August and September), with a total of 697,206 families equalling 2,631,187 people.

 

The Ministry said the breakdown of families is 4,314 in Phnom Penh, 28,147 in non-capital cities and 629,221 in rural areas.

The government has so far set out two rounds (phases) for the COVID-19 relief programme, with the first round covering June and July, the second round covering August and September and the third round covering October, November and December.

Unicef Cambodia Country Director Foroogh Foyouzat praised Cambodia for creating this programme to help the poor during the COVID-19 pandemic. “This activity is also a good solution to help poor families to support their livelihoods, which can also avoid child labour and child trafficking,” she said.

President of the People Centre for Development and Peace Yong Kim Eng said resolutions by the government have come in a good and timely manner.

“The government must act without political prejudice. The authorities should not practice nepotism but earn the trust of the people by working with independent partners to jointly identify the poor,” he said.

Sophannha said that 99 percent of the work was done by the government in a transparent and efficient manner: “Compared to other countries, we [Cambodia] have performed better.”

“Implementing our programme has helped the poor, with 99 percent of the food aid being used,” he said.

The government has spent $108 million for the cash subsidy programme from June 25 to Saturday.

Sophannha said that anyone who does not understand the payment scheme can contact the Ministry or the Department of Social Affairs in any province. If a card is torn or missing, they can contact the Ministry and the Department of Planning in their province.

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