PM: Govt not broke, will pay farmers

The caretaker government is not broke and will certainly pay the farmers for their pledged rice, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Tuesday.

The caretaker government's fiscal status is sufficient to seek loans from financial institutions, and all farmers with invoices  for pledged rice will definitely get their money, she said.

Ms Yingluck said rice payments were being delayed by legal limitations and processing delays.

All parties,  including the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), should understand the difficulties faced by the unpaid rice farmers and refrain using it as a political issue, she said.

Asked about the alleged corruption in the rice scheme, Ms Yingluck said  the appropriate offices were investigating whether there were any irregularities in the programme.

The caretaker premier said the urgent problem at this time is that the delayed in rice payments  causing hardship for farmers, and its effect on confidence in the country.

She denied as baseless a report by some media that the government does not have money to make the rice payments, and criticism she had refused to meet  the suffering farmers rallying in front of the Ministry of Commerce.

Ms Yingluck said she had directed the relevant ministers to explain to the farmers because they knew all the details of the rice scheme's implementation.

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Discussion 1 : 13/02/2014 at 06:20 AM
The money is six months overdue. & farmers have committed suicide (but not in Chiang Mai which has been paid in full)
Discussion 2 : 12/02/2014 at 06:21 AM
cinbkk forgets that Yingluck took the Minister of Defence role on the basis that she knew nothing about what was going on in the Ministry two years after she came in to office. Being chair of the committee does not mean she knows anything about it or that she actually chairs the committee
Discussion 3 : 12/02/2014 at 03:57 AM
PT are not broke for sure from rice money alone
Discussion 4 : 11/02/2014 at 05:41 PM
The alleged corruption is being investigated by the appropriate offices. No doubt directed by the major beneficiaries of the scheme, guess what the result will be!
Discussion 5 : 11/02/2014 at 05:22 PM
Thank you Yingluck for clear information and calming words.
Discussion 6 : 11/02/2014 at 03:47 PM
The caretaker government's fiscal status is sufficient to seek loans from financial institutions, and all farmers with invoices for pledged rice will definitely get their money, she said. Doesn't the need to seek a loan imply that they don't have the money? Not the exact definition of broke, but I think it's fair enough in the context of this situation.
Discussion 7 : 11/02/2014 at 03:30 PM
The farmers are asking the PM for answers. by "directing relevant ministers" to deal with them, she is sending a message that the farmers are not important enough for her to give them some of her precious time, or she is not capable of giving them answers, or both. Either way, it's another massive fail on the part of the PM.
Discussion 8 : 11/02/2014 at 03:28 PM
The PT government is definitely not broke as the PM claimed but rather in a serious 'DELINQUENT' status !!! Any difference ???
Discussion 9 : 11/02/2014 at 03:26 PM
As chair of the rice committee, she should also have a passing knowledge of the details of the scheme and be able to inform the farmers.

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