Interior Minister Sar Kheng said yesterday he has a special inspection group formed to monitor commune authorities to ensure they work properly and use their new allotted budget efficiently.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of school buildings in Prey Veng province yesterday, Mr Kheng said the special inspection group will conduct checks on all communes across the Kingdom to ensure public services are offered smoothly and government’s policy is carried out properly.
“The special group will keep their eyes on how commune officials do their tasks to respond to peoples’ concerns and ensure safety for the locals,” he said. “The group must check the number of officers in each commune police station and whether they are well trained for their jobs.”
Mr Kheng said the group will also monitor commune officials and ensure they have managed and utilised the budget accountably and transparently.
This year, each commune is given $120,000, including $70,000 for commune development.
“This is a huge amount of budget earmarked for each commune. It must not be used wastefully. Commune officials must ensure the budget is handled properly,” Mr Kheng said.
He said the group will also watch over officials’ behaviour when delivering public services at the local levels, noting some villagers expressed dissatisfaction when they asked for officials’ help.
“I am committed to serving people at the local level. I will follow Samdech Sar Kheng’s advice to improve my duties and deliver sufficient services to the people,” Sorn San, chief of Seang Khveang commune in Prey Veng’s Kamchay Mear district, said yesterday.
Him Yun, Coalition for Integrity and Social Accountability coordinator, yesterday lauded the establishment of the group.
“I think the government should also enhance the capacity building of commune officials and give them the budget to do so. It’s also important for them to cooperate with civil society groups to ensure development plans have positive impact on the people,” Mr Yun said.