The government talks about the extent of social assistance

More than 40 million people have benefited from the government’s financial stimulus programs, including the Khon La Khrueng co-payment scheme, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said.

Mr Thanakorn yesterday said financial aid was a favored policy of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to help spur an economic rebound from the Covid-19 fallout.

Many commercial operators, including small businesses and low-cost Blue Flag shops, have also benefited from government schemes, Mr Thanakorn said.

The schemes include the fourth phase of co-pay schemes for welfare cardholders as well as the second phase of another project to help those in need.

Citing data released on Thursday, 40.72 million people spent 53.88 billion baht on the package.

Of this amount, 13.28 million people had spent 24.3 billion baht on the assistance project for state welfare card holders, and 1.21 million people in need of special assistance had spent 352.97 million baht.

For phase four of the co-payment program, 26.23 million people had spent 49.42 billion baht, half of which was matched by the government.

However, around 2.6 million people have been disqualified for not using privileges as of February 28.

Under the new phase, people can use the co-pay system until the end of next month or until the subsidy amount, set at 1,200 baht, runs out, Ms. .Thanakorn.

The finance ministry has been instructed to work with economic agencies to plan various additional relief measures, he added.

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