In the near future, all elected and politically-appointed officials will benefit from the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), according to the contents of the draft sub-decree on expanding the scope of the NSSF on occupational risk and healthcare for the public sector, which was approved by the NSSF on December 13.
Minister of Labour and Vocational Training and NSSF board chairman Ith Samheng said the expansion will supplement the shortcomings in the existing law on social security fund.
“Expanding the scope is important in providing protection and other benefits from the NSSF to … elected officials of all political tendencies without discrimination, especially [local] councillors and village officials who provide services directly to the people,” he said.
Those holding the position of adviser or assistant to dignitaries through political appointment will also be covered by the NSSF, he added.
The draft sub-decree explained in details that those who will be integrated into the NSSF include, first, advisers or assistants who are not under the Law on the General Statute of Civil Servants and whose appointment is equivalent to undersecretary of state and above; second, advisers or assistants with the rank equivalent to director-general and below, as determined by the Ministry of Civil Service and not under the Law on the General Statute of Civil Servants.
However, advisers and assistants appointed without an emolument would not benefit from the NSSF.
Third, officer students and senior officer students at the Royal School of Administration; fourth, students of the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions and students of the Royal School of Court Clerks.
Fifth, pedagogical students and trainees who are receiving training at the sixth pedagogical training institute; sixth, monk officials covered by Sub-Decree No 162 dated August 8, 2016 on Buddhist Teachers and Officials at the National Inspectorate of Buddhist Studies; and seventh, capital-provincial-district-commune councillors and village officials.
The draft sub-decree has four chapters and seven articles and will be submitted to Prime Minister Hun Sen for review and approval.