Dates set for Covid relief applications

Dates set for Covid relief applications

Employees of private firms can begin registering for their slice of a new 4,000-baht financial relief package from Feb 16, according to Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin.

The minister said on Friiday he had agreed with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that the Covid-19 financial relief package should also be given to employees of private firms covered by Section 33 of the Social Security Act (SSA) and who do not hold a state welfare card.

Around 1,000 baht a week will be disbursed via the Pao Tang app to the 9.2 million Thai workers eligible for the package.

Although the proposal is unlikely to be approved by the cabinet on Tuesday, it would be tabled for approval the following week. In the meantime, the registration website will be prepared for signups from Feb 16-28, before state verification the following week and self-verification the week after.

The financial relief will be transferred to their G-wallet account from March 15-April 5, and they must spend the money by the end of May.

He said the maximum 500,000-baht savings qualification would not include fund investments, bonds or Government Savings Bank lottery contributions. The scheme, called S33 Rao Rak Kan, will cost the government about 40 billion baht.

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