[Update-1] Government approves further Covid relief handouts up to December

The government on Wednesday gave the green light for the third phase of relief measure co-payments worth around 93 billion baht, supporting total disbursements of up to 3,000 baht per person for 31 million eligible Thais from July to December.

The latest extension of the scheme was introduced to cope with the economic hardship due to the latest Covid-19 infections that have emerged since April, as expected.

Another measure to be discussed in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday is a cut in utility bills in June in July, local media reported, saying that the latest co-payment scheme could proceed quickly as the government already had the existing database.

The cabinet also approved additional relief handouts of 2,000 baht per person under Rao Chana and Section 33 Rao Rak Kan campaigns, to be paid 1,000 baht weekly, and extended the deadline to the end of June.

The budget for the Rao Chana, or “We Win”, scheme for 32.9 million registrants accounts for 67 million baht, while the Section 33 programme covering 9.27 million workers under the Social Security Act accounts for 18.5 billion baht.

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