Software sifts through 28.8 million applicants, finds only 16 million eligible for handout
Within a month, 28.8 million people registered for the government’s Bt5,000 cash handout, though Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana insists that the total number of applicants stands at 24 million and the remaining 4.8 million had been added due to a technical error.
Of the 24 million, 1.7 million were rejected by the software used by the Department of Provincial Administration, leaving only 22.3 million eligible.
Of the 22.3 million, 4.2 million are farmers or in the civil service and thus not entitled, 1.1 million are eligible for compensation from the social security scheme instead, and 950,000 have withdrawn their application.
Therefore, only 16.05 million people are eligible, of whom 10.6 million have been approved. Meanwhile, the ministry has been sending money to 7.5 million people from April 8.
On April 30, the money will be sent to 480,000 applicants, while the remaining 2.6 million will have to wait until May.