Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday chaired a Cabinet meeting in the northeastern province of Surin to consider the development projects for the region.
Yingluck had earlier said that the sixth mobile Cabinet meeting in Surin, would consider projects covering eight provinces -- Surin, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiayaphum, Amnat Charoen, and Yasothon.
Before the meeting, Yingluck led the cabinet members and the public to give alms to monks on elephants’ back.
Apart from Hom Mali--Thai jasmine rice, Surin is renowned as a land of elephants and is famous for training them both for work and for entertaining visitors at the annual “round-up”.
The future of Surin’s elephants is on the Cabinet agenda as its considers solutions to the mahouts’ difficulties and elephants roaming city streets for money.
Yingluck is scheduled to travel to the Surin Elephant Centre in Tha Tum district in the afternoon to observe the care of pachyderms and discussed the related problems. She will also see an elephant show.
On Sunday, the premier chaired a meeting of the Regional Joint Public/Private Sector Consultative Committee with governors of eight provinces in the lower northeastern region.
Surin’s private business sector has proposed several development projects for Cabinet consideration, including logistics development to facilitate goods transportation to neighbouring countries.
Yingluck launched a farmers’ credit card project and distributed credit cards to farmers--one of the major campaign promises that her Pheu Thai Party made to win the election last July.