By The Nation
Kobsak Pootrakool, a vice minister in the Office of Prime Minister, revealed on Tuesday that the Cabinet had approved the initiative to allow elderly people to donate the monthly subsidy that they receive from the government to the Elderly Fund from December 1 onwards.
At present, the government provides a monthly subsidy to about 8 million Thais aged 60 and above. The monthly subsidy ranges between Bt600 to Bt1,000 per person, depending on their age. The older they are, the higher the subsidy.
Of the subsidy recipients, only 2 million live below the poverty line – a household where each member earns less than Bt3,000 a month.
“Interested donors can contact local authorities to make donations,” Kobsak said, adding that donations to the Elderly Fund are tax deductible.