• Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:30
    Karen on border receive welfare cards
    Underprivileged ethnic Karen people in a village on the Myanmar border received welfare cards on Tuesday under the government’s Thai Niyom Yangyuen (Sustainable Thainess) scheme.
  • Mon, 03 Dec 2018 01:00
    Free Internet and other pre-election goodies roll out for Christmas
    IN A BID to garner popularity ahead of the election scheduled for February, the government has finalised plans to give more than 11 million low-income people free Internet SIM cards and other state subsidies that will together cost taxpayers billions of baht.
  • Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:54
    Increased allowances for elderly in need proposed
    Some 3.5 million elderly Thais holding state welfare cards may see their old age allowance increased to a flat rate of Bt1,000 per month to help them better cope with rising living costs, Vice Minister for Finance Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Monday.
  • Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:00
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  • Fri, 10 Aug 2018 01:00
    VAT relief for welfare recipients backed
    A PROPOSAL to reimburse the holders of state welfare cards for the value-added tax (VAT) they make on purchases has won backing from a prominent think tank.
  • Thu, 02 Aug 2018 01:00
    App clicks for welfare recipients
    THE government yesterday kicked off the Thung Ngern Pracha Rat (Pracha Rat Money Bag) mobile application, which enables participating shops to use the service to accept payments for purchases by holders of state welfare cards.
  • Tue, 24 Jul 2018 01:00
    Banks to offer fee-free accounts for the poor, elderly
    COMMERCIAL and state-owned banks are joining forces to offer to fee-free basic bank accounts for holders of state welfare cards and senior citizens as part of a drive for sustainable banking being promoted by the Bank of Thailand (BOT).
  • Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:35
    1.19 million infirm people registered for welfare cards
    The government has registered 1.19 million elderly, disabled and bed-ridden people for welfare debit cards who were unable to visit district offices themselves, a senior Finance Ministry official said on Friday.
  • Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:06
    Holders of the ‘poor man's debit card’ can ride subway from next month
    Holders of state welfare smartcards will be allowed to use them to pay for subway fares starting late next month.
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  • Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:35
    ‘Poor’s debit card’ will soon work on QR-code payment system, says Commerce Minister
    Lower-income people will be able to use their electronic welfare cards to buy goods from shops that support the QR-code payment system starting next month, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said on Monday.
  • Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:43
    Bt11.94 billion spent by poor holding welfare cards
    A total of Bt11.94 billion was spent by state welfare holders from October 2017 to January 2018, a deputy director general of the Comptroller General's Department said on Monday.
  • Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:00
    The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) board yesterday resolved to provide free broadband internet services to the holders of state welfare cards living in 3,920 remote villages under the watchdog's project to expand cellular and broadband to remote areas.
  • Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:51
    Hitch with ‘free’ fares as stations lack welfare-card readers
    As universal free bus and train services ended on Wednesday, many residents in Si Sa Ket complained that they could not use their state welfare cards at smaller train stations.
  • Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:21
    Free bus, train services replaced with welfare-card system
    The government on Wednesday terminated the universal free bus and train services and replaced them with the use of state welfare cards for the poor to buy tickets.
  • Thu, 05 Oct 2017 01:00
    Social welfare cards simply not enough
    Cash cards and paltry monthly allowances will be of genuine benefit only to the government
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