Cabinet Approves More Relief Measures to Help People Affected by COVID-19

June 2, 2021


The Cabinet, during its meeting on 1 June 2021, approved four additional relief measures, with a budget of 140 billion baht, to stimulate the economy and reduce the peoples cost of living affected by COVID-19 infection.

The first measure involves the third phase of the scheme to increase the purchasing power of 13.65 million holders of the Governments welfare cards. Each cardholder will be given 200 baht a month for a period of six months (altogether 1,200 baht), from July to December 2021.

In the second measure, 200 baht a month will be given to those who need special assistance, such as those who do not have smart phones or access to the internet system, older persons, people with disabilities, and bed-bound patients. They will receive the cash handouts for a period of six months (altogether 1,200 baht), from July to December 2021. About 2.5 million people will benefit from this measure.

The third measure is the third phase of the \"half-half co-payment scheme, with up to 31 million participants, for their purchase of food, services, and other products. Each participant will receive 150 baht a day (1,500 baht over three months, or 3,000 baht for six months), from June to December 2021.

In the fourth measure, known as \"Ying Chai Ying Dai (The more you pay the more you get), the Government will offer each participant an e-voucher, or cash back, for the purchase of goods, food, and services (excluding lottery tickets, alcoholic drinks, and tobacco), at a rate of 10-15 percent, with a ceiling of 7,000 baht per person. This measure involves a target group of four million people.

About 51 million people will benefit from these four measures, which are expected to help sustain the countrys economic growth in the second half of 2021.


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