The Department of Finance is set to propose to Cabinet a new package of measures to help control the rising cost of living as fuel prices continue to fluctuate.
Krisada Chinavicharana, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance, said the new measures will be proposed to Cabinet this week. They include tax and non-tax measures, some of which do not require additional funding.
He also said that the government still has the capacity to finance these aid campaigns through an unused part of the emergency loans and the central budget.
On the potential extension of the government’s co-pay campaign, the permanent secretary said it is too early to say whether the campaign will be extended despite its success.
He added that the government will continue to carry out the welfare campaign for the poor, although the opening of new registrations has to be postponed due to the COVID-19 situation. Any additional gifts as part of the wellness campaign will need to be discussed at a later date. (NNT)