BANGKOK – After the government approved seven economic restoration projects, with a combined budget of 400 billion baht, the Cabinet yesterday endorsed three more projects, with a combined budget of 4 billion baht, to help create 39,000 more jobs.
Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Dr. Ratchada Thanadirek, said the first project is the Ministry of Interior’s 1.08-billion-baht project to have volunteer caregivers look after dependent elderly persons. The project will enable people affected by the COVID-19 situation to work as caregivers for 12 months, starting this month. They will receive training and learn skills needed to look after the elderly in their communities. The project is expected to create jobs for 15,548 people.
The second is the sub-district integrated development project, which will promote public participation in solving people’s problems and development of local areas. The 2.7-billion-baht project will employ 14,510 people, or two people in each sub-district, for 12 months, starting this August. Their monthly salary will be 15,000 baht.
The third project, proposed by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, will help communities generate more income by monitoring the construction of firebreaks. With a budget allocation of 246.69 million baht, the project will employ 9,137 people. They will earn 300 baht a day, or 15,000 baht a month, from July 2020 to May 2021.
Dr. Ratchada said a platform will be set up to record the employment information from different projects under the loan decree, in order to prevent duplicate recipients.