People who have problems getting the government’s Bt5,000 handouts can now submit their petitions to the Public Relations Department located on Soi Aree Samphan in Bangkok’s Phaya Thai district instead of the Finance Ministry booths to maintain social distancing measures, said Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, secretary to the finance minister, on Monday (May 4).
The “Rao Mai Thing Gun” (“We Do Not Leave Anyone Behind”) campaign gives eligible citizens whose livelihoods have been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis Bt5,000 a month for three months. To be eligible, candidates must be Thai nationals aged over 18 and self-employed, freelance or non-permanent employees who are not insured under social security.
“The original booths were located at the entrance to the Finance Ministry, which has limited space and risks becoming overcrowded,” Thanakorn pointed out. “The new venue is spacious and only 200 metres away. Officials have completed setting up booths there and will begin accepting petitions from Tuesday (May 5).”
Thanakorn added that the Public Relations Department will also provide 500 chairs spaced at least one metre apart, as well as other facilities such as free drinking water and mobile toilets.