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Rivals lay claim to welfare

Parties offer pledges to increase payments

People queue outside Siam Rattana supermarket in the capital’s Wong Wian Yai area to buy essential goods in February 2021 when the government transferred money under a financial relief scheme to 13.8 million state welfare cardholders. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

The ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) and the United Thai Nation (UTN) Party are now involved in a tug-of-war over the ownership of the state welfare scheme, highly popular among grassroots voters, according to political analysts.

The PPRP on Tuesday promised to raise the rates of monthly allowances for state welfare cardholders to 700 baht if it returns as the government after the next general…

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