Court receives charges against Ministry of Commerce


BANGKOK 21 February 2014 Reports indicate that the Administrative Court has received charges brought against the Ministry of Commerce over damage caused by the 2013/2014 rice pledging scheme that is the responsibility of the ministry. 

Ms. Lumyai Srithong, the plaintiff, filed the suit against the ministry as she was denied payment from the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) — albeit having in hand the proper rice pledging receipt that promised payment.

On February 13, the Administrative Court revealed that the second government agency being charged was the Ministry of Finance, the third was the Bureau of the Budget, and the fourth was the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), while the fifth is the BAAC. All 5 agencies have 30 days to defend their actions with witnesses and a defense statement as of the day the charges were brought against them.

Nonetheless, Ms. Lumyai only filed for compensation for the damage that was incurred, but did not file for the court to take measures for the financial alleviation of her current situation.