By Thai Newsroom Reporters
A LARGE MAJORITY of people have been found endorsing the Pheu Thai-led government’s 10,000-baht digital wallet project, the latest NIDA Poll says.
According to results of the NIDA Poll conducted earlier this month with a total of 1,310 Thai nationals from all walks of life and in all regions of the country and released today (Oct.15), 79% of the respondents say the digital wallet project should be carried out whilst 19% contend that the populist handout campaign should be entirely scrapped.
Of the 79% majority respondents, 47% advise that the project be subject to adaptations to better suit the current circumstances whilst 32% suggest it be put to work according to the Pheu Thai electoral campaign conducted earlier nationwide.
In case that the Pheu Thai-initiated digital wallet project may be eventually cancelled, the poll has found 60% of the respondents saying the core coalition party’s popularity will fall, compared to 30% who say it will remain unchanged and 6% who say it will ironically rise.
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has recently confirmed that the sum of 10,000 baht in digital wallet will be delivered to each and every Thai national aged 16 years or over on February 1, 2024.
Srettha said most part of a total 560 billion baht in digital wallet will be provided in all villages and communities nationwide to substantially stimulate domestic consumption and boost the local economy.
The prime minister repeatedly said he was unfalteringly determined to go ahead with the populist handout campaign though opposing views of university economists and other critics may be taken into account.
Top: A representative image of the digital wallet scheme. Credit: Sanook.com
Front Page: Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin with the background showing the 10,000-baht digital wallet scheme. Photo: Matichon