Thousands of people, some who had traveled hundreds of kilometers, queued outside of the Ministry of Finance in Bangkok yesterday to appeal or request the 5,000 baht government cash handout.
The aid for citizens affected by covid-19 has been subject to huge controversy with the government rejecting millions of applications, stating they couldn’t afford to pay it for more than a month, then backtracking and informing the public they could pay it for three months.
People who have been rejected for the handout were allowed to go to the Ministry of Finance and state their claim again to provide proof that they are eligible and receive the handout.
The queue outside of the Ministry had started shortly after the curfew ended at 4 am yesterday and within a couple of hours had stretched back for hundreds of meters.
Many people had traveled to arrive at the gates of the Ministry including one elderly woman who had traveled from Suphan Buri to Bangkok because she didn’t know how to register online for the handout.
She had worked as a cook in her home province but the restaurant closed due to the coronavirus restrictions. With her income lost she had no choice but to travel to Bangkok to apply for the cash handout directly.
Another woman in the queue came from Samut Prakan to appeal her rejection for the handout. She worked putting up advertising signs in villages and had registered for the aid on the first day it was available.
However, the system rejected her application stating that it was not complete and she has been struggling for income since then. She hoped that officers could assist her with the issue.
Due to the enormous queues, the Ministry called in 80 additional staff to deal with the claims and complaints.
While 11 million people have already received the handout, there are still many citizens who are struggling due to computer illiteracy, application rejections, or faulty systems.
Source: Thai Residents | Photo: Khaosod