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NACC: Govt rice-pledge probe not fast-tracked

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday denied charges it had delayed an inquiry into problems related to the rice price guarantee scheme of Abhisit Vejjajiva's government, while speeding up the probe into the Yingluck Shinawatra government's rice-pledging scheme.

NACC member Vicha Mahakun said in a press conference yesterday the NACC had continuously investigated alleged irregularities in the Abhisit government scheme in 2009-2010. However it had not received necessary documents as the related government agencies said the paperwork was not available due to the floods in 2011.

The missing documents included copies of reports and agreements from the Department of Foreign Trade and the Commerce Ministry relating to rice exports, the NACC said in a statement.

Reacting to caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck's Facebook post that the NACC expedited the probe that led to a decision to charge her, the NACC member said the commission's sub-committee had been investigating irregularities in the rice-pledging scheme for a while.

The investigation included the policy's concept, academics' opinions, the loss reported as well as the government-to-government agreement, from December 2012 until January 18 this year.

Therefore, the probing period was not 21 days as claimed by the premier, the spokesman said.


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