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Almost 7 million vulnerable people to get Bt3,000 relief payments

Jul 17. 2020
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People in vulnerable groups who have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis will receive Bt3,000 handouts on Monday.

Wilawan Phayanoi, deputy director-general of the Comptroller General's Department, said today (July 17) that the department will deposit the payments into the accounts of registered vulnerable people on July 20 as part of the government’s crisis-relief policy. About 6.78 million people are thought to be eligible for the payments.

“The Cabinet ordered the Social Development and Human Security Ministry to provide the payments … for children under the newborn infant subsidy scheme, those receiving elderly allowances, and disabled people who have registered with the ministry,” said Wilawan.

“The ministry agreed to offer payments of Bt1,000 per month per person retroactively from May to July, to be made in a single payment on July 20.

“To be eligible for the handout, candidates must have received no money from other government Covid-19 relief schemes, which include the Finance Ministry’s 'Rao Mai Thing Gun' [We leave no one behind] campaign, the Agriculture Ministry’s handouts for farmers, and Social Security payments,” she said.

“The money will be deposited directly into accounts where recipients usually receive their allowances,” added Wilawan.

“For those who usually receive money in cash from a local agency, the department will transfer the handout to those agencies to distribute to recipients.”

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