Business lobbies, academics blast rice subsidies, govt’s ‘insincere’ anti-graft sentiments

Some academics and private-sector representatives yesterday slammed the government over its controversial rice scheme and its “insincerity” in tackling the country’s chronic corruption problems. Ammar Siamwalla, a scholar at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), said the National Anti-Corruption Commission should consider probing the government for “policy corruption” in the rice-pledging scandal. “Can the NACC […]

Rice payments harry academics

Options offered, but none considered easy The Constitution Court should rule the caretaker government’s borrowing to pay farmers who pledged their paddy ahead of parliament dissolution on Dec 9 is legitimate to end the payment deadlock, says an honorary economist at the Thailand Development Research Institute. Paying the farmers is an “inevitable liability” for a […]