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Stimulus handout could see 20m apply

Stimulus handout could see 20m apply

THAILAND: More than 17.2 million people have applied for the 5,000-baht financial aid granted by the government to ease the impact of the COVID-19, according to Fiscal Policy Office director Lavaron Saengsanit.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 30 March 2020, 09:15AM


The government has rolled out a series of stimulus packages to ease the impact of COVID-19 on workers. Photo: Bangkok Post

The government has rolled out a series of stimulus packages to ease the impact of COVID-19 on workers. Photo: Bangkok Post

That was the figure which stood at 6pm yesterday (Mar 29) as people registered on www.เราไม่ทิ้งกัน.com, the only official channel, which began accepting applications at 6pm on Saturday (Mar 28), Mr Lavaron said.

The Thai web address means: “You will never be left behind.”

He added that registrations had peaked at two million per hour at 10pm on Saturday, an unexpected volume considering the total number of informal workers affected by the COVID-19 is believed to be about 10 million.

It is likely that many people who are not eligible for the aid took a chance and registered anyway, Mr Lavaron said.

Including those ineligible registrations, his team may have to process up to 20 million applications, he said.

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The government has rolled out a series of stimulus packages to ease the impact of COVID-19 on workers.

Among them is a B50-billion government fund that provides B5,000 per month for three months to three million virus-affected temporary employees and self-employed workers.

Previously, a broad range of financial and fiscal relief measures was issued to help companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, alleviate negative impacts from the COVID-19 crisis.

Meanwhile, the Bank of Thailand yesterday announced that banks will resume their services today after closing some branches at weekends to help prevent the spread of coronavirus ahead of the mass registrations for aid.

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Kurt | 01 April 2020 - 08:13:12

Thai people can 'loose' their ID card for certain reasons, disappear, apply in BKK for new one under complete different name. Have seen that twice. But if they not report change to SCF, than ID card info is of course incorrect. And, there is no information sharing between different thai departments. Another possibility is  ID Card supplier printed wrong info on Card. Number, Birthday, etc.

CaptainJack69 | 31 March 2020 - 12:48:22

Today people are getting replies denying their applications because their ID card information is incorrect. What on earth does that mean?

CaptainJack69 | 31 March 2020 - 02:03:43

No one should be ineligible. They've shut the country down completely now. Already most people can't earn a living and that's only going to get worse. We didn't ask for this chaos, and over what, 7 deaths in 3 months? Over 6000 people have died on Thailand's roads during that time.

 

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