Complaint lodged against LPG price hike
The Foundation for Consumers on Thursday filed a petition with the Central Administrative Court seeking an emergency injunction to suspend the Cabinet resolution for the hike in the retail price of LPG for household use. This has been set by 50 satang/kilogram/month and is scheduled to come into effect on September 1.
Claiming such an order was against the law and constitution and should thus be suspended, the foundation urged that the price be kept at Bt18.13/kilogram until a legitimate resolution ordered otherwise.
The petition was jointly submitted by the foundation's secretary general Saree Ongsomwang, Bangkok Senator Rosana Tositrakul, Network of People as Thai Energy Owners coordinator Itthaboon Onwongsa, Confederation of Consumer Organisations chair Boonyuen Siritham, and Thai Labour Solidarity Committee chairman Chalee Loysung. The complaint named five defendants - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the Cabinet, the National Energy Policy Council, Minister of Energy Pongsak Ruktapongpisal and the Energy Planning and Policy Committee - over the August 13 Cabinet resolution for the hike, which reportedly reflects the cost of gas separation plants at Bt24.82.