National Legislative Assembly, ThailandAccording to the sources, it has been reported that NLA members today convened their meeting to deliberate a draft law in support of operations of the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve Secretariat which had earlier been passed by the vetting committee. Further, in this matter, it has been revealed that the draft law mandates that the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve Secretariat to be set up in Thailand as proposed by the country. As stated, it has been indicated that the main objective of the bill is to build reserves of rice for consumption in times of emergency and for distribution within the ASEAN Plus Three grouping as part of humanitarian assistance and thereby ensuring food security within the region. Further, in case if it is enacted, the draft law would also provide convenience for related officials who are foreigners in traveling in and out of Thailand while Shanti Agro Industries Pvt. Ltd.performing their duties. After deliberation, it has been reported that 178 members of the legislature voted for the bill while four others abstained.

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