BANGKOK, 1 May 2012 – The Cabinet has been urged by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to quickly take actions against mafia groups extorting money from southern residents, who have been compensated for losses from local unrest.
During the Cabinet meeting today, Prime Minister Yingluck instructed Deputy Prime Minister General Yutthasak Sasiprapa to lead the mission to solve the insurgency problem in the three southernmost provinces, in parallel with the eradication of the smuggling of drugs and illegal goods as well as dark influences in the area.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also instructed Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong and Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom to study the pricing structure of household commodities which she said is suspicious. She also told them to monitor the inflation rate in a bid to protect Thai consumers.
As for concerns about natural disasters, Ms. Yingluck reiterated that the Royal Irrigation Department will find appropriate ways to contain and release water following a report which suggested there was only 26% of water in Pasak Cholasit Dam.
The Prime Minister requested that she be briefed every week on the water situation. In the meantime, the Ministry Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of Interior will be responsible for sending officials to the area to make sure that residents have enough water for consumption and farming.
(NNT : NUPPOL SUVANSOMBUT)