Phnom Penh (FN), Feb. 6 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet stated that the Royal Government's policy of social assistance intervention has assisted more than 6.5 million beneficiaries, spent around USD 100 million annually in aid.

The premier spoke on Tuesday (Feb. 6) at the annual meeting of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation at the Ministry.

Samdech Thipadei underscored, "The Royal Government's policy of social assistance intervention has been substantial in recent years under the guidance of Samdech Techo Hun Sen to address current national and economic challenges. Provision of healthcare services through ID Poor cards and NSSF membership cards involves more than 6.5 million beneficiaries, with expenditures totaling about USD 100 million annually."

On the occasion, the premier underlined that amid the risks posed by the COVID19 pandemic, there is a cash subsidy program for poor and vulnerable families, pregnant women, and children under 2 years old, which has aided 4.9 million people at a cost of nearly USD 1.4 billion.

Samdech Thipadei added that the Royal Government has not only invested in social protection programs but also heavily in education, infrastructure, and electricity.

At the same time, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet underlined that a sustainable economy entails fostering a culture where people can sustain themselves. However, it is also essential to acknowledge and support those who are unable to do so, requiring government intervention.