Junta chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said Friday that the populist schemes will continue on a temporary basis only to alleviate the people's hardship.
“They will be temporary rather than so excessive that people choke on them,” Prayuth said while chairing a budget meeting in a live telecast session.
He said the National Council for Peace and Order understood populist issues well.
“We have carried out them with understanding and not lacking in understanding, as critics have said,” Prayuth added.
He said the people needed a explanation of their personal debt and well as public debt, adding that even soldiers are in debt.
Prayuth added that the junta would focus on the sufficiency economy principles but would not let the philosophy disrupt the country’s development.