State welfare cards under review
The finance and labour ministries are sharing data for a review of state welfare eligibility.
According to government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, the aim is to prevent duplication and ensure the scheme better benefits low-income people.
At present, an eligible recipient must be a Thai with an annual income of 100,000 baht or less and owns assets of not more than 100,000 baht.
The government spokesman said the Finance Ministry has coordinated with the Labour Ministry so it could have access to the latter's social security database.
About 22 million people are in the social security system. Of them, 11 million are company employees (Section 33 of the Social Security Act). Another 2 million are former company employees who have opted to keep their memberships after they quit their jobs (Section 39) while nearly 10 million are self-employed (Section 40).