The private sector is calling on caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to take responsibility for the controversial rice-pledging programme, particularly after the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) last week said that it would launch a full inquiry into her role in the scheme.
The premier faces criminal charges if the investigation finds she was negligent in her duties as chairwoman of the National Rice Policy Committee, which oversees the scheme. She would also be required to step down from official roles.
An NACC inquiry panel also decided to bring formal corruption charges against 15 people involved in government-to-government rice deals.
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