Cabinet approves initiative to help state welfare card holders

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Bangkok – The Cabinet has approved an additional initiative to help take care of all holders of government-issued welfare cards.

Advisor of the Prime Minister’s Office Nattaporn Jatusripitak said on Tuesday that around 8.5 million of over 11 million holders of a state welfare card have applied to join the new project to help improve their quality of life.

Nattaporn said that the government already dispatched a team of account officers (AOs) to check on project participants in order to collect information about their needs for programs to improve the quality of life of low-income earners.

He stated that, after account officers had spoken with around half of the card holders, the government decided to extend the timeline of all AOs, which was originally set to expire at the end of this month, by one more month.

He added that the Cabinet also resolved to approve the hiring of 500 more AOs with a budget of 103 million baht.

In addition, the weekly meeting has approved in principle the draft amendment of the Government Pension Fund Act, which included some updates to help it work efficiently under present circumstances.