According to the sources, it has been reported that the former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand will be taken to court over billions of dollars allegedly lost by her administration’s rice subsidy program as stated by the military government. Further, the cabinet official in charge of the prime minister’s office, Mr Panadda Diskul, revealed on Monday that a committee has determined that 286.64 billion baht ($8.2 billion) in revenues were lost under the scheme, and that Yingluck is liable for about 200 billion baht ($5.8 billion) of the total. Moreover, Yingluck was also forced from office in May 2014 when a court found her guilty of abuse of power in a personnel case. Further,it has been narrated that the army ousted her government shortly afterwards in the May 22 military coup.
In this context, it has also been described that her supporters believe that she is being persecuted by the army and by political opponents of her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Further, it has been reported that the military is claiming Yingluck’s then Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom was also personally liable for a combined damage bill as a result of the scrapped rice-pledging scheme. However, the military was referring to the latest report submitted to the national rice policy and management committee. As per record, it has been observed that nearly 13 million tonnes of rice remains in the government’s inventory only. The report also found that less than a million tonnes was exported.The legal action taken against the previous administration should serve as deterrent to politicians who were liable for massive losses incurred by the country according to Mr Panadda.