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Government begins paying 400-baht monthly subsidy to low-income earners’ infants

The government yesterday began paying 400 baht cash subsidy to 56,400 infants of low-income earners under its plan to improve the quality of life of poor families.

According to Mr Manat Jaemweha, director-general of the Comptroller General's Department, the first round of payment to infants whose mothers have earlier registered for the state welfare assistance for newly-born babies amounted to 22.6 million baht.

He said the cash subsidies were paid into the bank accounts of the mothers in three state banks, Krungthai, Government Savings Bank and Thai Military Bank.

He said the money was paid via the national e-payment service.

He said the second round payment amounted to 7.2 million baht would be paid to the remaining 18,000 infants at the end of this month.

But from October, the cash subsidy per month will be increased to 600 baht, he said.

He said the monthly subsidy for infants would be paid by the state to the poor families until their kids grow up to 3-year-old.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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