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14 million register for cash handouts

By The Nation

 

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Some 14 million people have registered for the government's cash handout programme for those whose livelihoods are impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

The number is more than four times the government's initial estimate.

 

The Finance Ministry has assured every unemployed worker, freelance and non-permanent employee Bt5,000 cash every month for three months. The number of people who have registered has exceeded the ministry's initial estimate of three million people

 

The director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office, Lavaron Sangsnit, said on Sunday that as of 11.30am, the number of people who had registered had reached 14 million.

 

Registration on www.เราไม่ทิ้งกัน.com (we do not leave anyone behind) opened on Saturday evening but the website crashed soon after opening due to the huge traffic.

 

The website will remain open for registration and will not be closed down soon, so people should not rush to register, he said. He assured that everyone affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and business shutdown will get cash handouts. Employers and farmers would not be eligible as there are other relief measures designed to support them. Workers covered by the Social Security Fund are not eligible as they can get unemployment benefits from the fund.

 

The system will screen eligible persons within seven days, he said.

 

Initially, the Finance Ministry had estimated that three million people would be eligible and proposed a budget of Bt 45 billion. 

 

Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry plans to borrow at least Bt200 billion. Some economists estimate the cost at as high as between Bt800 billion to Bt1 trillion

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385022

 

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On Facebook 100s of posts about Thais not being able to register with the website not working properly......anyway if they eventually get the money at least they can eat

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry plans to borrow at least Bt200 billion. Some economists estimate the cost at as high as between Bt800 billion to Bt1 trillion

Thai mathematics ceases to amaze me. Even using a calculator and it just doesn't add up.

 

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39 minutes ago, fishtank said:

Every Thai I know has registered even if they are not affected.

Indeed. It's a joke. Sometimes whole families registered... even students... !

 

I'm sure some have tried to register their... pets.

 

There is a rumor among thais : "like previous handouts the gvt will not check"...

 

This is much scarier than the virus... The gvt should pay attention... If they continue to play "godlike" with the life of millions of people, it will end badly.

 

Unfortunately... as usual... the worst is certain.

 

Look at the "competition" (i was right) the governor of Phuket declared on his own... a total lockdown.... !

 

This insanity must stop.

 

And quick.

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Looks like about 10 million will get left behind...

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I have some Soi dogs near my room that I think need registering....

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I can imagine a lot of these claimants are just looking for money and don’t actually need it . If they are going to check through the claims then it will be next year before people needing it actually get it !

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57 minutes ago, EvetsKram said:

My wife has a small salon,  forced to close down but she is unable to get on there to register.  It pisses me off reading here about all the phoney claims getting lodged

She’s lucky as married to you a foreigner but what of the small businesses who do not have the support/income from a foreigner

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