11 million registered low income earners to be verified

The Government will double check the list of 11 million people who have registered for state welfare to make sure they are really low income earners.

This was revealed by Mr Krisada Chinavicharana, director of the Fiscal Police Office (FPO) yesterday.

He said now the Ministry of Finance has forwarded names of 11 million low-income earners to relevant government agencies and state banks for verification of their qualifications.

He said a total of 14 million people have registered themselves with the government as low-income earners.

However only a list of 11 million people has been forwarded to the Department of Provincial Administration, Department of Lands, Revenue Department's and the Bank of Thailand for verification.

The remaining number is on the process.

The verification process of the 11 million low income earners is expected to be completed within two months, he said.

He continued that in addition to subsidies on water and electric bills, and transportation, the FPO is also studying additional measures to help a group of three million people earning less than 30,000 baht a year, as well as looking for ways to generate income for the Elderly Fund in respond to the Cabinet's resolution to give more living allowance to them.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)