Ulterior power obstructs govt, rice subsidies : Yingluck
February 07, 2014 00:00 By
Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has blamed an "ulterior power" for attempting to topple the government and disrupting the rice-pledging scheme.
On her Facebook page on Thursday, she said the Finance Ministry was finding financial sources to pay farmers despite legal restrictions while the Commerce Ministry would tender rice in the state stockpiles to earn money for overdue payments to farmers. She claimed there were unconventional and undemocratic political games with the objectives of removing the government and obstructing the present administration from successively working for the people’s well-being despite the fact that farmers themselves have been in favour of rice subsidies, she said. She said related government agencies were instructed to solve problems which impeded payments to farmers. Claiming that the government’s policy has been accepted by farmers and has been successful in increasing farmers’ income in the last two years, she vowed to work with her Cabinet for the success of the project. Political unrest in the last few months which led to dissolution of the House of Representatives and general election had restricted administrative work, she said.