Cash transfer program giving lifeline to Covid-stricken families

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A household member (right) receives money from the government on May 24. NSAF

39-year-old motor taxi driver, Chan Samoeun, his wife and their three children receive 200,000 riels each month from the government under the national cash transfer program, which aims to mitigate the effects of reduced incomes on households as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

“This money is not a lot for those who have a good life, but for me it is a lot and has helped me pay for a monthly rental room,” he said of the grant. he has been receiving since June 2020, when the program began. .

Since then, the state has spent 2,734 billion riels ($683.64 million) for poor and vulnerable families affected by the pandemic.

The cash transfer program is a special assistance program launched by the government to ease the financial burden of people holding IDPoor 1 and 2 cards and those who have been affected by Covid-19.

When the crisis began more than two years ago, Chan Samoeun and his family, who live in Tuol Sangke I township in Russey Keo district, lost almost all of their income.

Samoeun said he could earn between 30,000 and 50,000 riels a day before the pandemic, but only earned between 10,000 and 20,000 riels a day during this period.

“It is very good that the state is spending money to help poor families like mine when we have no income due to the Covid-19 epidemic,” he told The Post.

Prime Minister Hun Sen officially launched the cash transfer program to provide cash assistance to poor and vulnerable households in its fight against Covid-19 in June 2020, which was implemented by the Ministry of Social Affairs later that month.

Since then, 23 payments have been issued to households.

The Ministry of Social Affairs said in a May 24 statement that the next round of payments will take place from May 25 to June 24.

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