Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday reiterated there will be no salary increase for civil servants and armed forces personnel next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at a meeting with government volunteer lawyers at the Peace Palace yesterday, Mr Hun Sen apologised for the suspension of pay rises.
“COVID-19 has destroyed us but it has not yet killed us. We must be more cautious,” he said.
He said that next year Cambodia’s economy will be recovering from the pandemic. “I think in 2021 there will be an economic recovery but so far our revenue is more than $4,500 million,” he said.
On October 7, Mr Hun Sen had announced there would be no salary increases next year.
Mr Hun Sen said that Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth planned to increase the salaries, but he told him that because of economic uncertainty, pay rises will be suspended next year.
The government also decided to suspend the recruitment of new civil servants this year to reduce the state expenditure due to the COVID-19 pandemic but it plans to recruit some 6,106 civil servants next year.
Minister of Civil Service Prum Sokha signed an official letter released on November 4 which informed state institutions and ministries of the new recruitment drive.
“The government will authorise the recruitment of 6,106 new civil servants in 2021. A total of 22 ministries and institutions will be able to recruit new civil servants, with the most positions being available for the Ministry of Education,” the letter said.
The Ministry of Education will be allowed to recruit a total of 3,600 new civil servants in 2021, Health will be allowed to recruit 1,300 new civil servants, Justice 178 new civil servants, Interior 170
civil servants, National Assembly Senate Relations and Inspection five civil servants and Civil Service and Mines and Energy will be allowed to recruit eight respectively, it added.
Nov Chanmony, a chemistry teacher at Hun Sen Boribor High School in Kampong Chhnang province’s Boribor district, said yesterday that he understood the government’s difficulties.
“It does not matter to me and I am not disappointed because COVID-19 has impacted almost all sectors and everyone,” he said, noting that the government should not increase the tax of imported goods because now the price of goods was high.