Government asserts there is long-term plan to allocate land to the needy

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BANGKOK, 19 May 2015 – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asserted on Monday there is a long-term plan to allocate land to underprivileged people who needed land to make a living out of.

General Prayut explained that although the government intends to allocate land for some 300,000 poverty-stricken people, he could not yet say which method of allocation will be employed. He added that the allocation will be a long-term process, and succeeding governments will need to adhere to this process.

The prime minister also noted that the government does not have the resources to allocate as much land as demanded by those in need.

General Dapong Ratanasuwan, the minister of natural resources and environment, revealed after Monday’s meeting of the national land allocation committee that the meeting resolved to reduce the fee for exploitation of land under the committee-sponsored projects to 25 baht, from 50 baht. The committee also agreed to allocate land at another site, following the success of its first round of allocations. The second round of allocations will involve 9,164 rai of land and 1,862 eligible farmers.