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Govt to offer 30 million people Bt7,000 each in new round of Covid relief

By The Nation

 

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Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith

 

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a new round of Covid-19 relief for low-income groups. The new package will offer Bt7,000 in credit for shopping necessities and cover around 30 million people.

 

Eligible for the new scheme are state welfare card holders, recipients of the shopping and travel co-payment schemes, and other groups.

 

The government will transfer the e-payment to recipients, but it cannot be withdrawn as cash. Welfare cards holders will receive money automatically on February 5. Co-payment recipients will be automatically screened for eligibility and do not have to re-register for the new scheme. Others have to register at http://www.xn--b3c4a2a6ch6f.com/ between January 29 and February 12.

 

Key conditions of eligibility are taxable income of not more than Bt300,000 in 2019 and total bank deposits of not more than Bt500,000 as of December 31 last year. Recipients can use the e-payment to pay for goods, but not alcoholic drinks or cigarettes.

 

The e-payments can also be used for public transport, and taxis, tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis, said Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

 

The Finance Ministry estimates the package will cover 30.1 million mostly self-employed people.

 

The government is also considering aid measures for low-ranking state officials, Arkhom said.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30401847

 

 

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Why not give them cash instead of ever more convoluted hoops and caveats and some elaboration on the aid measures for low-ranking state officials like how much more for them 🤔 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Recipients can use the e-payment to pay for goods, but not alcoholic drinks or cigarettes.

Yes , really not going to happen! :drunk:

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6 hours ago, sammieuk1 said:

Why not give them cash instead of ever more convoluted hoops and caveats and some elaboration on the aid measures for low-ranking state officials like how much more for them 🤔 

To hand out cash would only place money in to the coffers of Singha Corp, Thai Bev Etc, and very little would circulate around the Economy

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9 hours ago, ezzra said:

That is if they don't have to install another fakakte and silly app on their ancient 1000 baht mobile phones...

some of the apps don't even work on the newer phones

 

the KTB app, for example needs a high-end android chip or iphone for it to work, so millions are left with an app which hasn't been working for months, with no plans to fix it (it has something to do with the new face scan technology added to the updated app)

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