EC threatens to sue over rice payments delay claims

Breaking News February 07, 2014 00:00

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The Election Commission is threatening to sue anyone who claims the agency is responsible for the government's repeated postponement of payments to farmers who sold rice to its price-support scheme.

EC commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn dismissed claims Friday that the agency barred the government from seeking loans to finance the scheme. 
More than a million farmers across the country are owed money under the scheme. 
“The EC has no mandate whatsoever on the issue,” Somchai said. “It’s just that the Constitution prohibits a caretaker government from incurring debts that will affect the next government.”
The Nation

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