Over 2 million registered low-income earners disqualified

The Finance Ministry has deleted 2-3 million people from the lists of registered low-income earners because they failed to meet the requirements set by the Revenue Department, said Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawongon Wednesday (Aug 9).

Altogether 14.1 million people have registered as low-income earners with the hope of obtaining assistance from the government.

People qualified for the scheme must have an annual income of less than 100,000 baht, must not own a house or townhouse exceeding 25 square wa, or condominium room exceeding 35 square metres or own land for farming purpose exceeding 10 rais.

The scheme was launched for the low income earners in 2016, when some 8.27 million people applied. Almost 7 million were accepted.

Mr Apisak said that the ministry was in the process of reviewing details of the assistance to be provided to the registered low-income earners before they are to be submitted to the cabinet for consideration in the next 2-3 weeks.

The registered low-income earners will each be given a cards with which they can use to take bus rides free of charge or at discount.

Mr Apisak said the ministry was mulling whether the same card can be used by low-income earners to take rides on mass transit system such as elevated trains and tubes.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)