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Children’s subsidy ‘will empty the country’s coffers’

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

 

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Phalang Pracharat Party leader hits back at critics, insists policy would boost Thailand’s human resources.

 

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EXPERTS have accused the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party of presenting populist policies that would lavish huge sums on voters and leave the country bankrupt.

 

Dr Suphat Hasuwankit, director of Chana Hospital and a member of the Rural Doctors Society, said the country’s treasury could be stretched to the limit by the party’s “Manda Pracharat” policy which would cost Bt126 billion annually for six years.

 

According to Phalang Pracharat leader Uttama Savanayana, who explained the policy on Facebook on Tuesday, Manda Pracharat would provide monthly subsidies to children from the foetal stage until they are six years old.

 

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Bt181,000 per year per child

 

Women would be given Bt3,000 per month for all nine months of their pregnancy and another Bt10,000 to cover delivery expenses. After birth, the child will be provided a monthly subsidy of Bt2,000 until it turns six. Each family would receive a total Bt181,000 per child.

 

Despite praising the concept in theory, Suphat said in practice the policy would use up a significant portion of the yearly national budget and end up dragging the country into a financial crisis.

 

“I don’t know if Phalang Pracharat did the maths before announcing this policy, because according to Public Health Ministry statistics, some 700,000 babies are born in Thailand every year,” he said.

 

“If we multiply this by the Bt181,000 subsidy per child, then the government will have to spend more than Bt126 billion per year.”

 

He pointed out that this amount was much higher than the Bt180 billion earmarked every year for the Universal Healthcare scheme, which covers 47 million people.

 

“I agree that every party needs to come up with policies to win votes, but this one is not only going to bankrupt our country; it clearly looks like Phalang Pracharat is planning to use our tax money to buy votes,” he said.

 

Uttama defended the policy, however, saying his party’s aim was to invest in building a quality human-resource capital by offering financial aid to families so they are able to better raise their children.

 

“Each child represents invaluable ‘capital’ for the nation, so it is our priority to invest in developing good human resources,” Uttama said.

 

“Though we need to do more, ensuring good care in children’s first six years will help create a firm foundation for further development later.”

 

Uttama, who served as industry minister before stepping down to lead the party, said Phalang Pracharat had already worked out where the funds would come from and that the details would be disclosed soon.

 

Subsidising motherhood

 

The pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party has launched its “Manda Pracharat” or “Mother Pracharat” policy, pledging funding for every child from the foetal stage to six years old. Details:

 

Monthly subsidy for pregnant women: Bt3,000 for 9 months

Subsidy for childbirth: Bt10,000

Monthly subsidy for child until six years old: Bt2,000

Total subsidy per child: Bt181,000

Source: Palang Pracharat Party

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364089

 

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I think Suphat needs to redo his maths. The 181,000 Baht is the total cost per child over a period of 6 years + 9 months, not per annum.

 

Most Western countries have a scheme like this, to entice people to have children and prevent an ever aging population bankrupting the country in the future. It's either doing this or importing lots of new workers via immigration. 

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"...Women would be given Bt3,000 per month for all nine months of their pregnancy and another Bt10,000 to cover delivery expenses. After birth, the child will be provided a monthly subsidy of Bt2,000 until it turns six. Each family would receive a total Bt181,000 per child.."

 

It is hard to argue that Thai infants/children don't need a helping hand; most modern research into human development places huge emphasis on what occurs between the ages of 0-6.

 

However;

 

"...He pointed out that this amount was much higher than the Bt180 billion earmarked every year for the Universal Healthcare scheme, which covers 47 million people..."

 

There is also great validity with the above; it does not make a lot of sense to treat an infant properly, then dump him/her into a hugely sub-standard school system and progress into a life of menial labour with sub-standard health care.

 

If Thailand is going to attempt to care for its infants/people properly, then it should make a commitment to care for all its people properly. Get rid of the Bureaucracy's and Military's private health scheme and have ONE, UNIVERSAL health service that is properly funded. Reform the Education system so that overall quality and regional disparities are dealt with. Create policies which allow for economic development in ALL areas of the country. Enact a tax system whereby the wealthy actually pay their fair share, and include property taxes. Reform the Police, the Bureaucracy, the Military and State employees (I.e. the ENTIRE State Apparatus) so that they act within their purview and provide proper services to the general populace. Etc Etc. Etc.

 

Yes, I am dreaming, but if Thailand is serious about creating a good society, then the aspirational goals should be a rule of law based society, equal access to social services, and respect for the Thai people delivered through allowing proper, fair elections.

 

As much as I would like to believe that there is some serious intent here, it looks like political lip-service which will be forgotten if the military continues in power after their "election".

 

"...“I agree that every party needs to come up with policies to win votes, but this one is not only going to bankrupt our country; it clearly looks like Phalang Pracharat is planning to use our tax money to buy votes,” he said..."

 

Hard to argue with the last comment above...

 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

EXPERTS have accused the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party of presenting populist policies that would lavish huge sums on voters and leave the country bankrupt.

where is the problem ? they never intend on fulfilling those promises

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Bad idea. 

 

Better to provide vouchers for baby products and essentials only. 

 

But really this is just to make political waves on a false promise. Sane with all governments. They don't need a wall afterall.

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Minus the 10,000, plus minus the 3000,

leave the 2000 for every child that would be more sustainable,  part of those savings then can be spent on reducing class size by building more schools and paying a decent wage for quality teachers, 

Already so many schools are over crowded 50 students per class in many , one teacher to allot how much time if a student needs guidance,   

I have seen this first hand, and most students will then get lost to the system over time, 

 

 

 

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This is why I disagree with people waxing lyrical about Thailand's reserves/GDP etc. Trying to compare them to developed western countries

A third world country like this should be growing rapidly at this stage in their development, building up huge reserves to be able to fund welfare projects down the line. 

It had the location and attractions to be a SEA powerhouse, but constant graft, coups and no investment in education means it will stay 3rd world forever. 

 

 

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No problem, just 2 days ago the PM told Thai citizens to not believe political parties that promise a lot. 'They're only good at talking,' he said.

Hopefully the people will believe the good general and not vote for this party that promises so much.

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Despite praising the concept in theory .....

Nothing but copying what many European countries are doing since several decades.

“I agree that every party needs to come up with policies to win votes, but this one is not only going to bankrupt our country; it clearly looks like Phalang Pracharat is planning to use our tax money to buy votes,” he said.
 
Oh yes oh yes remember Thaksin and his costly populist policies - how they all condemned him?

Vote buying with tax money and then either backtracking after the fake election or raising taxes to recover the money.

 
“Each child represents invaluable ‘capital’ for the nation, so it is our priority to invest in developing good human resources,” Uttama said.

Yes we can see that by the quality education and brain washing the “invaluable” Thai children get every day !


Uttama, who served as industry minister before stepping down to lead the party, said Phalang Pracharat had already worked out where the funds would come from and that the details would be disclosed soon.


Which means translated - he has no idea where the money will come from.



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Mmm cash for kids, sure the young educated parents use the money wisely on drugs and mobile phones 😕

This will produce more unwanted kids poorly educated and living with other family members as mum/dad not mature enough be parents .

Would be a bigger shambles than rice subsidy lol .

 

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