Thailand punishes 302 officials involved in rice pledging scheme hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Bangkok (VNA) – Up to 302 officials from the Public Warehouse Organisation and Marketing Organisation For Farmers along with many warehouse owners and surveyors have been charged with malfeasance in connection with the Yingluck government’s controversial rice pledging scheme, Thai media reported on April 2.

The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is investigating 986 cases against officials involved with the scheme, especially in the stockpiling of rice bought from farmers. The PACC had completed half the number of cases.

Violators will face disciplinary measures and criminal charges.

The names of the officials have also been forwarded to the Anti-Money Laundering Office for investigation.

The investigation of all cases will be completed in June 2017.

The State budget loss caused by the officials was estimated at about 115 billion THB (3.3 billion USD).-VNA