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Pay delay for district councils

District council members in several parts of the country are complaining that their wages for January and February have yet to arrive and that officials have not provided a reason for the delay.

Sam Vibol, a council member in Kandal province’s Takhmao district, said that he and his fellow members are mystified by the situation. “I wonder why? Civil servants are waiting for salary,” Vibol said.

The average monthly wage for a district council member is about $125.

An official working in the Kandal provincial treasury department  who declined to be named  said the delay might relate to the National Treasury establishing separate accounts for district councils.

“It is late throughout the country for our district councils,” he said.

Phnom Penh treasury department director Ke Bunleng said his department was not responsible for the delay, but when asked to explain the situation, he declined further comment.

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