Asian Development Bank and government officials defended
their emergency rice program Thursday, following widespread reports of biased
The government had taken many efforts to alleviate the
impacts of inflation on the poor this year, said Vong Sandab, deputy director-general of the Ministry of Finance, who is in charge of distributions, as guest
on “Hello VOA.”
The ADB and government set out last week to distribute $40
million in emergency aid to people hard-hit by rising fuel prices in seven
provinces, but many villagers complained the
rice and other foodstuffs were not reaching those in need.
Vong Sandab and Long Piseth, project manager for the ADB,
who was also a guest, said they would investigate through neutral monitors.
“The poorest families received the donations,” said Long