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Disabled man’s long trike trek to get his disability payment

Disabled man's long trike trek to get his disability payment

To obtain his disability pension from the Comptroller Department, a crippled person traveled a considerable distance on a hand-operated tricycle from his hometown in the province of Sukhothai to Bangkok.

In 2014, Monthon Petchsang, 48, a resident of Si Satchanalai district’s Mae Sa subdistrict, fell from a building’s sixth storey, losing both of his legs in the process.

He arrived in the province of Ang Thong after beginning his trek approximately three weeks prior, having traveled approximately 400km. On Sunday, while traveling down the Asian highway, he was noticed by a volunteer rescue squad. Around eleven p.m., he was driven to the Chaiyo police station to take a nap.

A police officer asked him where he was going and was told of his plan to claim his 800-baht monthly disability allowance in Bangkok, which he received after his accident until 2020, when the payments suddenly stopped.

He said that he does not have an ID card and, therefore, has to personally identify himself at the department in order to claim the allowance due to him. The police offered him a night’s stay at the police station, but he declined because he wanted to continue his journey. Police gave him drinking water and some snacks for the journey.

Having learned about Monthon’s difficulties, Thivaporn Phasuk, deputy director-general of the Comptroller Department, ordered her officials in Ayutthaya to coordinate with officials of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to bring the man to the department’s office to check his records and to solve his problem.

Monthon arrived in Ayutthaya this morning.

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