Cash handout to low-income earners starts today

CASH handouts of 1,500 to 3,000 baht to low-income earners starts today after the Revenue Department completed checking the eligibility of those who had registered for this subsidy, Thai News Agency quoted Deputy Director-General of the Fiscal Policy Office  Pornchai Theeravej as saying this afternoon.

Two banks, Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) and Krung Thai Bank, were told to start paying the subsidy from today.

The third bank, Government Savings Bank, is still processing this information into its system and is expected to transfer the money from December 12 onwards with 800,000 receiving this one-time handout on that day from its list of 2.5 million people.

Mr Pornchai said that the Revenue Department had to delete duplicate names as well as names of those who had stated wrong income or had died.

Low-income earners in both agricultural and non-agricultural sectors are entitled to this one-time payout. A total of 5.4 million people in the non-agricultural sector will receive this handout with the total sum being 12.750 billion baht.

Altogether 2.9 million farmers will also receive this subsidy with the total sum being 6 billion baht. The Revenue Department further cut 300,000 names from the eligibility list today taking the two totals to 8 million people.


Top: A farmer near Pai, Mae Hong Soon, uses a sling to control his cows. Photo: Davidlohr Bueso (CC-BY-2.0)



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