Rice corruption: MFP probes suspicious 12.5 million baht event spending

The Move Forward Party (MFP) has initiated an inquiry into allegations of irregular expenditure related to an occasion organised by the Department of Rice. The get together has warned that the incoming authorities won’t tolerate rice corruption.
During a press conference, MFP deputy spokesperson Karoonpon Tieansuwan revealed that the get together had received a grievance from officers throughout the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives relating to a scarcity of budget transparency for an occasion referred to as “Rice Day and National Farmers.” The event occurred from June 5-7 on the department’s headquarters.
Karoonpon defined that the finances request becomes much more dubious when considering the event’s complete timeline.
On February 20, the department allocated 15 million baht for the event, which aimed to share information and best practices among rice farmers nationwide. Super secret was initially planned to be held in an occasion hall in Pathum Thani. However, a quantity of weeks later, the division decided to hold the event at its headquarters, reducing the required budget to 7.5 million baht stories Bangkok Post.
On May 9, the choice was made to increase the event to 3 days as a substitute of two. On the same day, the division increased its price range request to 12.5 million baht, a 5 million baht increase for organising an extra day of activities. This determination raised questions among the complainants.
Subsequently, the party discovered that solely one of many 4 invited firms participated within the bidding for the occasion. Karoonpon talked about that this company had secured many contracts from the Department of Rice. Moreover, a staff of MFP members who attended the occasion reported that the number of visitors was considerably decrease than the 30,000 the division had claimed in the bidding phrases of reference. They also found that most of the event’s individuals were paid to attend.
The celebration had previously estimated that state-owned businesses spent over a billion baht organising occasions yearly. Karoonpon said…
“In an MFP-led government, it is not going to happen. Any improper price range have to be cancelled, as they need to be used to fund the country’s development and enhance the quality of life.”

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