Economy

Controversial Rice Scheme Risks Thai Ruling Party's Popularityi
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February 06, 2014
Thailand's unfinished election means the current caretaker government cannot create any new debt, leaving rice farmers owed billions of dollars as part of a budget-busting, controversial subsidy program. The ruling party campaigned on the subsidy plan, which analysts now say has become a spectacular failure. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Bangkok.

Controversial Rice Scheme Risks Thai Ruling Party's Popularity

Published February 06, 2014

Thailand's unfinished election means the current caretaker government cannot create any new debt, leaving rice farmers owed billions of dollars as part of a budget-busting, controversial subsidy program. The ruling party campaigned on the subsidy plan, which analysts now say has become a spectacular failure. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Bangkok.


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