A source form Thai Finance Ministry shows that almost 30 state officials, politicians, individual private sector were alleged to involve in the former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra administration’s rice-pledging scheme.
If the investigation panel found them guilty then they will be charged fine or serious reckless acts as stipulated in the Act on Liability for Wrongful Acts of Officials, and their acts aimed at illegal taking advantage for their own and others’ benefits as stated in the Criminal Code’s Section 1.
The sources said that if they found not corrupted then they need not to be responsible for financial damages.
This is a first time that state officers would have to face the financial damages from carrying out government policies. This may cause a fear among the state officials in executing the government policies.
Yingluck’s rice pledging scheme promised the farmers to pay 40-50% above market price which caused the government a loss of 536 billion baht while the government stockpiled 17.5 million tones.
The Office of the Attorney-General last month blamed Yingluck Shinawatra for all the losses incurred and corruption in the scheme.
Two panels one would be run by Finance Ministry and another by Commerce Ministry. The former will look after Ms Yingluck and the latter would probe out the former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom.
The Two panels would carry out the investigations based on the allegations filed by the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
In the coming 10 days two committee would be set up and all the investigation work would be wrapped up by September 1st.
The findings would be sent to another committee which would take decisions on the compensations.
Some sources were also quoted as saying that the state officials have to be much more careful in proceeding with Rice Pledging Scheme as it has been warned twice by the anti-graft commission, and frequently by academics.
If any of the state officials have evidence that they were opposed to the project after learning that it had problems, they can submit it for deliberation.
Legal action against the corrupted officials can be either Dismissal or Charge a fine or a criminal charge.