The Cambodian government has decided to end the implementation of the cash assistance programme for vulnerable households affected by floods on March 10 and gave those beneficiaries until March 18 to file any complaints, according to a March 10 notice from the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation.

The notice said that all beneficiaries of the programme would continue to benefit from the cash assistance programme to mitigate inflation and can expect to receive a payment for that on April 10 under a new account number from the National Social Assistance Fund.

The Cambodian government launched the cash assistance programme on March 10, 2022 and ended it on March 10, 2023 to help vulnerable households affected by floods. The beneficiaries consisted of 99,169 families with 372,859 people including 43,255 children aged 0-5 and 5,957 people with disabilities and 57,105 people aged 60 and over. The government earmarked 46,799,088,000 riel for them.

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation thanked the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Planning, the General Secretariat of the National Social Protection Council, the capital and provincial administrations, development partners, media outlets and all relevant institutions for actively supporting and encouraging the programme.

Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a December 3, 2022 directive rolling out a new dual cash transfer programme intended for poor households recently affected by floods and those most vulnerable to inflationary pressures.