Court accepts farmer’s lawsuit against govt over rice payment

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BANGKOK, Feb 21 – Thailand’s Central Administrative Court has accepted a farmer’s lawsuit against the government for its failure to pay for the rice she delivered under the rice pledging scheme.

Lamyai Srithong sued the Commerce Ministry with the court on Jan 30, saying she delivered rice from the 2013/2014 crop and was given a receipt to cash with the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC).

She was rejected payment at the bank, she said.

Four co-defendants in the case were the Finance Ministry, the Budget Bureau, the National Economic and Social Development Board and the BAAC.

The five defendants were instructed by the court to submit their counter-statement and evidence within 30 days.