By Sherry Hsiao / Employees reporter
The federal government ought to difficulty money handouts as a substitute of coupons as a part of its aid and restoration plan for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese language Nationalist Social gathering (KMT) stated yesterday.
The effectiveness of the coupon coverage proposed by the Ministry of Financial Affairs could be restricted as a consequence of its use of cell fee techniques and different restrictions, the celebration stated.
Older folks and people unfamiliar with cell fee techniques would possibly discover redeeming the coupons inconvenient, it stated.
Picture: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Instances
The proposed coupons, which might give folks a 25 p.c low cost on some purchases, “ignores the issue that poor and unemployed folks have bother paying even primary bills,” it added.
Citing Singapore’s response for example, KMT Legislator Alicia Wang (王育敏) stated that the city-state’s authorities plans to present S$600 (US$420) to residents aged 21 and older.
In Taiwan, the tourism and transportation industries can obtain NT$10,000 (US$332) per 30 days in wage subsidies for every employee, whereas service industries hit particularly arduous by the pandemic can obtain as much as NT$20,000 per 30 days per worker, stated Wang, who chairs the KMT Tradition and Communications Committee.
In Singapore, the federal government is subsidizing 75 p.c — to a most of S$4,600 — of all staff’ wages this month, she stated.
Native governments have “nearly no position” in a NT$60 billion particular funds accepted by the Legislative Yuan final month, the KMT stated.
Native governments have a greater understanding than the central authorities about which native small companies, self-employed staff and geographic areas require help, the celebration stated, including that the central authorities ought to give native governments a extra lively position in distributing aid funds.
Amid the intensifying calls from the KMT for money handouts this week, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Tuesday stated that the effectiveness of distributing money wouldn’t be nice.
As a substitute of doing what’s “most handy” and handing out money, the federal government has taken the time to make plans for every business, he stated.
If the federal government solely handed out money, some folks would spend it, whereas others would possibly save the cash, he added.
Lots of the Govt Yuan’s plans contain giving out money, Su stated.
Nevertheless, not everybody can be eligible, he stated, including that money is being given to deprived teams, akin to mid-to-low earnings households and other people with particular circumstances in want.
An instance of particular circumstances can be if an employer is unable to pay its workers, he added.
The federal government shouldn’t be saying that money handouts can’t be made, however it might be “lazy” to not distinguish between rich and poor teams, and make everybody eligible, Su stated.
Minister With out Portfolio Kung Ming-hsin (龔明鑫) on Tuesday instructed a information convention that if the federal government gave each resident NT$12,000 like Singapore, the cash would additionally trickle all the way down to enterprise homeowners, who would nonetheless proceed with any plans to chop their payrolls, even after receiving a handout.
Further reporting by Chen Yu-fu, Peng Wan-hsin and Lin Liang-sheng
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