ASEANEWS HEADLINE: ‘Regime under fire as it rains cash on villager’ – By Bangkok Post – Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Regime under fire as it rains cash on villagers


Anupong says B30bn splurge ‘not political’



Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha officially launched the ambitious Thai Niyom Yangyuen (sustainable Thai-ism) development project on Feb 21 in Nakhon Pathom province. (Screen capture ThaiPBS)


The Prayut Chan-o-cha government plans to inject 30 billion baht into more than 82,000 villages nationwide amid criticism it is aiming to score political points ahead of the general election that is expected next February.


Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda brushed aside such criticism Tuesday.

The money is a part of a supplementary budget of 150 billion baht approved in January by the cabinet to spur the grassroots economy. The bill on the supplementary budget will be put before the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) tomorrow for endorsement.

NLA whip spokesman Jate Siratharanon said the assembly will deliberate the bill tabled by the cabinet in three readings. He said the bill requires urgent deliberation as it is essential to disburse funds that can spur investment and the economy in general under the government’s Pracharath people-state partnership scheme.


Gen Anupong said that two-thirds of the 30 billion baht will be awarded to……………. read more

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