By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER SRETTHA Thavisin today (Oct.6) reassured that he will definitely go ahead with the government’s digital wallet handout project despite dissent from academics.
The prime minister said he has already resolved to implement the Pheu Thai campaign-promised populist project and will certainly not change his mind about it whilst listening to variable views from different people including academics and critics.
Srettha branded as “impossible” someone’s advice that the government only hand out the digital wallet to selected groups of people and not to all people throughout the country.
However, the prime minister stopped short of saying exactly when the much-heralded project will be implemented in favour of an estimated 50 million Thais nationwide.
Each and every Thai national aged at 16 years or over will be given 10,000 baht in digital wallet for purchases of goods and services in a four-kilometre radius of their registered homes within a six-month period.
Srettha has earlier dismissed speculation that the government would look for loans either within domestic financial sources or without to fund the digital wallet project whilst deputy Move Forward leader Sirikanya Tansakul has alleged that the money would largely come from the Government Savings Bank.
Representative images of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s 10,000 baht digital wallet handout project. Top photo: Matichon Weekly, Front Page photo: Matichon