The Thai government today processed welfare and pension payments for September for elderly citizens and persons with disabilities, following a delay due to what was previously called a “clerical error” and a “miscalculation”. The payment was made earlier than the previously announced new deadline date of 22nd September.
People aged 60 years or older receive from 600 to 1,000 baht in monthly welfare, while welfare for persons with disabilities is paid at about 800 baht per person per month.
The Government Spokesman, Anucha Burapachaisri, had previously spoken about the delay on pension payments, saying it was due to a mistake in the budget allocation that used a figure from February last year as a reference, while in fact many more people have registered to receive the welfare since that date.
After the announcement, some rumors saying that the government was facing financial shortage and would cancel pension funds and stop paying employees’ salaries after 3 months were shared online and had affected the government’s credibility.
Lawan Saengsanit, the spokesman of the Ministry of Finance, had made a public announcement regarding the rumors that they are all untrue. The allowance is only postponed and is now under the process of the budget rearrangement by the Department of Local Administration.
The Pattaya News has previously covered this delay, which drew fierce commentary on social media from both Thai and Foreign citizens. You can read about that below:
Source: Thai Government, with Pattaya News adding additional content.
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