Rice-pledging: ‘Huge loss’ on the cards (Thailand)

At least Bt1.3 billion could be lost to corruption under the government’s rice-pledging project, with warehouses alleging that officials have insisted on under-the-table money for allowing them to join the scheme.

A source from a warehouse operator taking part in the programme said each warehouse would have to pay Bt2 per 100-kilogram bag of rice to officials in exchange for joining the project.

“Officials from the Public Warehouses Organisation [PWO], which is responsible for rice stockpiles, have asked for ‘tea money’. If we [warehouses] don’t pay them, we will not be allowed to store the government’s rice stockpile,” said the source, who asked not to be named.

Read more in The Nation

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