The Finance Ministry has decided to postpone the distribution of one-time cash handouts to the country’s 8.3 million registered poor people from December 1 to December 3 in order that officials of the Revenue Department can recheck that their actual annual income is below 100,000 baht or not.
Finance permanent secretary Dr. Somchai Sujjapongse said the Revenue Department would need 1-2 days to check with the database to determine that all the 8.3 million poor people who registered with the national E-payment database are indeed poor and would be eligible to the handouts.
The cash handouts range from 1,500 baht to a maximum of 3,000 baht. Farmers who earn less than 30,000 baht a year form their crops will receive 3,000 baht each while those who earn more will receive 1,500 baht. The urban poor will receive 3,000 baht each.
Somchai said the money would be paid directly into the accounts of the poor recipients through E-banking system on December 3 which falls on Saturday. But if money transfer cannot be done through ordinary banking system, then the handouts would be paid on office days, he added.
The finance permanent secretary noted that if the cash handouts were distributed more often he believed the number of people in the country would reduce.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)