A report by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) said the government has provided nearly $20 million to working mothers who are NSSF members over the past two years.

The report said the government first started authorising additional allowances for working mothers at the start of 2018, and through August of this year, more than 78.7 billion riel ($19.2 million) had been handed out to them. During the timeframe, 195,530 women gave birth to 196,866 children.

NSSF director Ouk Samvithyea said working mothers are high on prime minister Hun Sen’s priority list for people in need of assistance.

He said he and NSSF officials have been leading the implementation of the allowances and they have made the service better and more efficient for its members.

Meas Sokny, an NSSF worker who recently gave birth, said her family has poor living conditions and she had to spend an excessive amount of money during delivery. But since she has an NSSF card, she received government support.

“I received 400,000 riel from the government through the NSSF. This is not a lot of money for people with better living conditions, but it’s a lot for me and very valuable to help solve the difficulties with my living condition,” she said.

The government initiative to assist working mothers allows workers who give birth to one child to receive 400,000 riel. Those who have twins receive 800,000 riel and mothers of triplets received a subsidy of 1.2 million riel.

In 2018, 65,054 workers nationwide gave birth to a total of 65,534 children. Of the figure, 470 women delivered twins and five to triplets. In 2019, 77,449 workers gave birth to 77,966 children. Of them, 509 women delivered twins and four to triplets.

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