BANGKOK, Oct 1 — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday hosted her first “Yingluck Government Meets the People” radio programme, outlining the government’s performance during the past month while expressing worries over the flood situation in many provinces.
The programme was broadcast live for 30 minutes from 8:30 to 9 am from the Government House via Radio Thailand under the supervision of the Public Relations Department.
She told the public that the flooding problem was the most outstanding issue of the government since it had taken office in early August. The flooding started in July and the water remained at a high level because of heavy rains from recurrent storms.
The premier asserted that the government did not stay idle and had assigned authorities to speed up measures to find solutions and set up agencies to tackle the flood under the “2P 2R” policy – Preparation, Response, Recovery, Prevention.
The government had approved a budget covering various aspects to help compensate people who were adversely affected by floods while the donation from the public totaling more than Bt363 million would be used to benefit flood victims as much as possible, she said.
The government would heed His Majesty the King’s advice to solve the flood crisis and would plan integrated water management projects to tackle flood problems in the medium and long term in the future.
Ms Yingluck also reiterated the implementation of the government policies on Bt300 minimum wage, rice mortgage scheme, and tax refunds for first-time home buyers.