BURIRAM – The Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) has distributed monetary compensation to villagers affected by the government’s forest reclamation campaign.
Recipients of the compensation include 57 impoverished households found encroaching on Dong Yai Forest. They agreed to turn the land over to the state for 34,400 baht per household, or a total of 1.9 million baht.
The compensation fund is intended to alleviate any financial difficulties suffered by the villagers due to the forest reclamation campaign. ISOC officials disclosed that the fund recipients were chosen from over 200 households based on income and assessments by the village committee.
The ISOC has called on villagers to strictly abide by the law, or face legal action.