General & Misc

Cabinet approves NY Gifts and Measures dealing with inequality

Date: 19 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

BANGKOK, Dec 19 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved a range of measures to serve as New Year’s gifts to the public, and intended as well to reduce social disparity.

Prime Minister’s Office Minister Kobsak Phutrakul announced today that the Cabinet had approved several measures dealing with inequality and poverty proposed by the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB).

The board suggested that a Social Inequality and Poverty Policy Committee be established and chaired by the Prime Minister alongside a Social Inequality and Poverty Board and Social Inequality and Poverty Resolution Integration Office.

The Cabinet acknowledged that 20 percent of the nation’s wealthy individuals own 80 percent of the nation’s land, and that only about 100,000 bank accounts exceed 10 million baht, with the nation’s richest earning many times more than the poorest.

The administration also gave approval for measures proposed by various ministries as gifts to the public for the holiday season.

The Ministry of Public Health is to conduct mobile health inspections, provide gene testing to 10,000 people and hand out Smart Cards to public health volunteers.

The Ministry of a Digital Economy and Society is to allow citizens to access internet portals at airports, transport terminals and tourist destinations free nationwide, using personalized usernames and passwords.

The Ministry of Labor has increased compensation for 11.5 million temporary workers by 70 percent and extended the payment period for disabled workers to no less than 15 years, increasing compensation to families of workers who lost their lives on duty to 10 years, and the entitlement for funeral expenses to 40,000 baht.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is to assist 17,500 farming households with the commencement of six irrigation projects and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is providing special translation services for citizens having their documents notarized between January and March next year.

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