Finance Ministry aims to bring 5.3m people above poverty line in 2018

The Finance Ministry has set a goal to bring at least 5.3 low-income people move above the poverty line in 2018 through the second package of welfare measures to be forwarded to the cabinet for consideration next week, the ministry’s permanent secretary Somchai Sujjapongse said on Tuesday (Dec 26).

Mr Somchai said the second package of measures will be forwarded to the cabinet for consideration on Jan 3.

The measures are intended for holders of state welfare cards to have a job, both inside and outside the country, or to undergo occupational training to be enterprise owners with access of sources of capital.

Measures will also be taken for them to have education, a housing unit of their own or get a subsidy for house rental.

Somchai Sujjapongse

Moreover, the ministry will send officials to meet some 5.3 million welfare cardholders whose yearly income is 30,000 baht or below the poverty line to help solve their problems with a goal to bring them over the poverty line in 2018.

Mr Somchai stressed that the measures are not a policy to win popular votes, but they will continue to be carried out by whatever parties which form the next government.