3.07m unused entitlements under co-payment scheme to be redistributed
Thailand’s Ministry of Finance will open for applications for 3.07 million unused entitlements under the 5th phase of the 50:50 co-payment scheme, according to Pornchai Thiraveja, director-general of Fiscal Policy Department and spokesman for the Finance Ministry.
He said that the unused entitlements come from subscribers who did not confirm their subscriptions by the September 14th deadline. 23.40 million people did confirm their subscriptions.
Since the launch of the 5th phase on September 1st, under which each subscriber has received 800 baht to be spent within three months, spending to date totals 20.33 billion baht, half of which was spent by the subscribers and the other half was borne by the taxpayer.
7.83 billion baht has been spent on food and drinks, 4.48 million in Thong Fah (Blue Flag) stores, 1.02 billion baht in OTOP stores, 6.66 billion baht in regular stores, 322.27 million baht was spent on services and 19.34 million baht on transport.
946,000 entrepreneurs have joined the 5th phase scheme, including 20,200 newcomers.