BANGKOK, 2 May 2012 -Director General of the Department of Internal Trade Mrs. Watcharee Wimooktayon says there are now more than 5,500 mom and pop shops joining the ‘Ran Thook Jai’ scheme, which has been invented to help people cope with the higher cost of living at present.
As of April 30th, 742 stores in Bangkok and its vicinity have requested to be part of the scheme although, Mrs. Watcharee said, the sub-committee overseeing this program will have to select and determine who are qualified. For the rest of the country, 4,787 shops have already applied to participate, all of which have to be screened by provincial sub-committees on the cost of living.
The Director General said certain criteria must be met for any shopkeepers to be qualified for Ran Thook Jai. First they must be retail shops selling consumer items and they must have proof of owners. Such a shop must also be situated in a fixed property and has a space of at least 6 square meters for goods display, and 3 square meters if it is applying for the Blue Flag scheme. Each store must have been in business before April 2nd, 2012.
For food vendors wishing to obtain a blue flag, they need to sell foods at prices fixed by the Internal Trade Department. Those who are interested in these programs are advised to visit www.dit.go.th for more information, or email at email@example.com or call Hotline 1569.
(NNT : NUPPOL SUVANSOMBUT)