The National Social Assistance Fund (NSAF) has announced that it will provide social security payments to nearly 200,000 veterans, retired civil servants and their dependents. This programme is expected to cost approximately $30 million per month.

NSAF director-general Chhour Sopanha said on June 12 that they have been providing social security since 2019, with the government spending an average of $30 million to support nearly 200,000 people each month.

According to Sopanha, although the amount of money provided may not be substantial, it still contributes to improving the living conditions of the beneficiaries.

“The money really has some benefits to them as it contributes to easing their living expenses,” he said.

In addition to social security payments, veterans, retired civil servants and their dependents are eligible to receive a white card for free medical treatment, covered by the state.

“This package of benefits is the government’s way of expressing gratitude to veterans, retired civil servants, police and soldiers,” he added.

The NSAF said the first social security payment was disbursed on June 13. Recipients with an address in Phnom Penh can receive their money through the Canadia Bank system, while those in the country’s 24 provinces can withdraw funds via ACLEDA Bank with their passbook and Khmer national ID card or ATM card.

The NSAF has also assured that they will endeavour to make arrangements to deliver the policy money to the homes of veterans, retird civil servants and their dependents who may not have banking access.

Chhit Bunthong, a research officer at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, highlighted the importance of social security payments, saying that the government must provide for former civil servants in their old age as a token of gratitude for their dedication and sacrifices.

“The state must help feed veterans and civil servants in old age, in return for their sacrifice of strength, blood, life and health. Therefore, the government has implemented the social security programme to show its care and reward their contributions to the nation’s welfare.