Hashtag trends in Thailand after government demands businesses give back subsidy money

A new hashtag about the government’s subsidy schemes trended on Thai Twitter Monday morning after entrepreneurs received a refund warrant from the government for not fulfilling all conditions of the schemes.

The hashtag #เรียกคืนเงินจากโครงการรัฐ (Claiming money back from government schemes) was tweeted by internet users more than 365,000 times as of Monday morning to highlight the situation.

Some entrepreneurs woke up this morning to a letter from the Fiscal Policy Office demanding they pay back money they received through government financing schemes aimed at boosting the economy.

The letters, which were posted on social media by startled business owners, demanded that the money be paid back within 30 days due to alleged violations of conditions of the government schemes.

In some cases, the amount being charged was as high as 1 million baht

The government schemes at the center of the controversy include “Rao Chana” (We Win), “Kon La Krueng” (Half-half), both introduced to ease the economic burden of Covid-19.

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