Cabinet gives gov’t employees extra holidays; extends vulnerable population aid payments

16 Sep 2020 | View : 210

BANGKOK(NNT) - The Cabinet has approved two additional vacation days for civil servants and employees of government agencies and state enterprises, who have registered with the Travel Together campaign to further promote domestic tourism, while extending the period for vulnerable population payments, to the end of this month.

The Government Spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri announced today that the Cabinet had approved a proposal from the Emergency Loans consideration committee to give two extra days of leave to civil servants, employees, and contract workers at government agencies and state enterprises, provided they have signed up for the Travel Together campaign and intend to utilize the campaign’s benefits.

This extra allowance is intended to help boost tourism activities during the week, generating spending to stimulate the economy.

Travel Together is a campaign introduced by the government, where the government will subsidize the cost of hotel stays and flights, and provide allowances for purchases during the trip for signed up persons. The campaign started in July, and is set to end in October this year.

Additionally, the Cabinet has approved an extension of the aid payment campaign for vulnerable members of the population, where transactions have been unsuccessful for 22,771 persons.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Rachada Dhanadirek said the campaign provides each newborn baby, senior citizens receiving elders’ welfare, and registered persons with disabilities 3,000 baht in aid to help alleviate their hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said the failed transactions were due to incorrect bank account information having been submitted, as well as some eligible recipients who had died.

From now until the end of September, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security will be working together with the Comptroller General’s Department to remedy these failed transactions, by changing the payment method from bank account deposit to a transfer via the PromptPay system to the bank account attached to each recipients’ national ID number.

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