Subsidies grabbed 'in 9 minutes'

Subsidies grabbed 'in 9 minutes'

All remaining slots for the government's spending subsidy were snapped up within minutes, as many people rushed to complete their registration yesterday morning.

A spokeswoman for the Finance Ministry, Kulaya Tantitemit, said the remaining 1.34 million slots for the second phase of the government's co-payment programme were taken within nine minutes of registration opening at 6am. Many netizens complained they missed out.

Qualified participants will be able to access the subsidy starting from next Monday until March 31.

As of Monday, about 1.1 million shops and street vendors had joined the co-payment programme.

Under the second phase of the co-payment scheme, the government will pay half the cost of food, drink and general goods purchases, up to 150 baht a person a day and capped at 3,500 baht per person for the specified duration.

Krisada Chinavicharana, the finance permanent secretary, said more than 3 million people had waited for registration before it opened yesterday.

The government introduced the co-payment scheme to stimulate the economy and to help people affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

About 13.6 million people have used the scheme and total spending, including government subsidies, totalled 66.9 billion baht, Mr Krisada said.

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