Cabinet approves B27 bn relief measures, extends travel scheme

Cabinet approves B27 bn relief measures, extends travel scheme

State welfare cardholders queue outside a discount supermarket in the capital’s Wong Wian Yai area to buy essential goods in February. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
State welfare cardholders queue outside a discount supermarket in the capital’s Wong Wian Yai area to buy essential goods in February. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

The Cabinet approved on Tuesday a further 27 billion baht in relief measures and extended a scheme to boost domestic travel to the end of February, as the government deals with the country's biggest coronavirus outbreak to date.

The relief measures, such as a subsidy on utilities, will be offered to welfare card holders, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana told a news conference.

The government also agreed to extend support for the existing scheme to encourage domestic travel until the end of February as the coronavirus situation eases, he said.

The benefits include a subsidy of up to 3,000 baht plus a 600-baht voucher per hotel room per night, and a subsidy of up to 3,000 baht on flights.

The Cabinet also approved an investment budget of 468 billion baht for state enterprises and subsidiaries in the 2022 fiscal year starting on Oct 1, said deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek.

The investment will help boost economic growth by 0.31 percentage points and create 163,000 jobs, she added.

The government also approved investment projects worth 1.9 billion baht to support the rural economy, said deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul. 

 

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