Finance to rescreen low income earners

The Finance Ministry will re-verify qualifications of all low-income earners registering for state welfare as 6,600 of them were found to have held higher education degrees.

Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong said the rescreening process is necessary, because some of the people who have registered as low-income earners provided false information.

Of the 14 million people registered as low income earners, 2 million were disqualified.

They were disqualified because they earned annual income and owned asset higher than what are stipulated by the government to receive state welfares, he said.

Among those registered, 600 of them have doctorate degrees, and 6,000 others held master degrees, he said.

He said that the Ministry will propose basic state welfare to the Cabinet within the next few weeks, while cash assistance to those 7-8 million people earning less than 30,000 a year remained inconclusive in practice.

But Mr Krisada Chinavicharana, director of the Fiscal Policy Office, said those seeking the cash assistance are required to register once again for identity verification.

The government is expected to start disbursements for low-income earners by early 2018.

According to him, the ministry and the Federation of Thai Industries are also working on the Pracharat housing project for low income earners with intent to enable owners to live and make their earnings in the housing project.

The housing project will give priority to those who have registered as low income earners to book first and later open to ordinary people, he said.

This will allow low income earners have their own houses and have occupation or make earnings in their communities, he said.

The housing project for low income earners will be first launched in six provinces, namely Loei, Udonthani, Uttaradit, Samut Prakarn, Kanchanaburi, and Songkhla.

The project was expected to be submitted to the cabinet for approval next month, he said.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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