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10,000-baht digital wallet not for purchase of services


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

PEOPLE WILL NOT LIKELY be allowed to use the Pheu Thai-led government’s digital wallet to buy services anywhere, a government official said today (Nov.9).

The eligible recipients will only be allowed to use their 10,000-baht digital wallet to buy goods but not any services under the populist handout campaign, according to the official who only spoke on condition of anonymity.

Those services impermissible for use with the 10,000-baht digital wallet include beauty salons, barber shops, massage and spa parlours, repair shops and car wash, among others. The digital wallet will not be provided for purchase of such goods as alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, either.

Meanwhile, an originally planned geographical limit for use of the digital wallet will likely be extended from a four-kilometre radius of the recipient’s registered home to the boundaries of their home district and nowhere beyond, the official said.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is scheduled for tomorrow to give a press conference on details of the digital wallet project primarily designed to promote domestic consumption and boost local economy.

The prime minister is yet to make it clear whether each and every Thai national aged 16 years or over will be entitled to the 10,000-baht digital wallet regardless of their current economic status or monthly earnings.

An ad hoc committee chaired by the prime minister is to decide to pick either one of the options proposed by a subcommittee in relation to the recipient’s economic status.

That refers either to an indiscriminate total of 56 million people or some 49 million earners of a maximum of 50,000 baht monthly or some 43 million earners of a maximum of 25,000 baht monthly or some 14 million state welfare card holders who should be entitled to it.


Representative images of the 10,000-baht digital wallet scheme. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon

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