Government to review help policy for the poor

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BANGKOK – The government is to carry out a countrywide survey to register all the needy as part of its plan to revamp its policy to help the poor.

PM’s Office Spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd disclosed that the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of the Interior and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have been tasked with registering people living below the poverty line across the country. The survey should be concluded by April next year. 

According to Maj Gen Sansern, the government is preparing to launch a new aid package for low-income earners. Assistance includes free non-air conditioned bus and train services. Persons eligible for help are those earning less than 3,632 baht per month and children under 12 years old. Special 30-day travel passes which will be linked to the E-ticket system will be offered to people in these groups.

Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd

The revamp of the aid scheme is expected to answer the needs of people who truly lack basic necessities. Meanwhile, the general public, can still avail themselves of free transport services for the time being.