Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has said it had filed charges against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra accusing her of neglect of duty over the government's rice-pledging scheme, local media reported.

The body also summoned the Prime Minister to officially acknowledge the charges on February 27, the English-language daily The Nation quoted commission spokesman Vicha Mahakun as saying in a press statement issued on February 18.

However, Yingluck can continue her duties until the NACC decides to indict her, Vicha said.

In her response to the NACC’s statement, Yingluck said the anti-government protests launched by the opposite camp over the last three months made the government delay the payment for farmers, who had participated in the rice subsidy programme.

She affirmed that the scheme aimed to bring benefit to Thai rice growers and that the government is making every effort to mobilising money to pay overdue debts to the country’s rice farmers as soon as possible.

The rice-pledging scheme, introduced by PM Yingluck Shinawatra after she took office in 2011, pays farmers higher the market price for their rice. But, the government has found it difficult for payment from late December last year.-VNA