View Full Version : Over Free Bus, Train Scheme in Thailand

Kanok Karn
11th June 2011, 11:39
The Ministry of Finance will discuss an extension of the free public bus and third class train services with the Bureau of the Budget and the Ministry of Transport as the measures are expiring at the end of this month.

Permanent Secretary for Finance Dr Areepong Bhoocha-oom admitted that those measures aimed at relieving the publicís financial burden are enforced by a cabinet resolution; therefore, their extension must be decided by the cabinet.

Dr Areepong elaborated that in the upcoming discussion, the three government units will also find other possible measures to replace the two policies pending the election and formation of a new government.

The permanent secretary believed that people will not be much affected if the measures are not extended, especially farmers whose incomes have been increasing in line with crop prices, but people whose incomes are not rising in proportion with the inflation might suffer.

Apart from the free public bus and third class train services, another relief measure for low-income earners is the free electricity scheme for households consuming less than 90 units each month.

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) both viewed that the relief measures should be continued, but they can ensure the service only after the Ministry of Finance has agreed to pay compensations for lost revenues.

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