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PM approves new financial aid package for social security recipients

Maya Taylor



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The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has given the go-ahead to another stimulus measure, this time aimed at social security beneficiaries. The scheme, known as Rao Rak Kan (“We Love Each Other”) will provide recipients with a cash payment via the Pao Tang application. All social security beneficiaries are eligible, provided they are Thai nationals and do not have more than 500,000 baht in their bank accounts.

Nation Thailand reports that a person’s monthly wage does not form part of the eligibility criteria, as this could lead to problems in the workplace. Labour Minister Suchat Chomklin says recipients can expect to receive between 3,000 and 4,500 baht a month but did not confirm the duration of the scheme. He says the finer details of the scheme will be agreed by Friday, with the proposal going before Cabinet for final approval next week.

The scheme is expected to be up and running by March, with Suchat saying around 9 million of the 11 million social security scheme members will qualify for the handout.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Can anyone inform me if sex workers and the like benefit from this package? Much appreciated. Issan orToby where are you?

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      Issan John

      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      AFAIK apparently only those getting “social security” payments.

      Normally that would only be the unemployed who’ve lost a salaried job on which they’d paid tax, and probably those getting other “social security” payments, like old age pensioners and the physically or mentally disabled.

      Sex workers, casual labourers, farmers, etc, are very unlikely to get any form of social security payments so ineligible.

      AFAIK 🙂

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    Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Appreciated Issan Thanks

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    Issan John

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    I’ve now been told that it’s not for those getting “social security”, but those getting “social welfare”, which is completely different and is the Thong Fah or “Blue Flag” scheme, so it looks as if something’s been lost in translation somewhere in the reports.

    If so, then ignore everything I said about “social security” as the scheme will apparently apply to all those holding a Thong Fah card, which is about 12 million registered low income earners who could be sex workers, farmers, casual labourers, whatever.

    Apparently, if they have a Thong Fah card then they get the payments, so pretty simple.

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    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    The Thai bar girls have to think themselves lucky if they have a farang boyfriend. Iv heard many stories from my lady saying a lot have nothing and are sleeping in doorways and on the beach. It looks like October for entry if you have proof of vaccine but hopefully sooner. It’s a sad sad situation at the minute but hopefully it s going to improve sooner than later

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      Issan John

      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      The Thong Fah card was/is very popular and maybe 90% of those in the local villages have one, rich (comparatively) or poor, but unless they were in their home area when they came out, two or three years ago, they couldn’t get one so that probably leaves out most of the transient bar population.

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    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    isn’t It great what having Biden admin in control of the cash register does for thais.. Stimulus bill passed in usa and thais announce theirs… LOLZ

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