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Yesterday, the government announced a number of anti-inflation measures with more planned if prices continue to go up. 

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Price controls on food may be next if other anti-inflation measures are not enough to contain the rising price of goods, government leaders say. APHCHIT JINAKUL

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Govt targets cost of living

Right or wrongly, it's the government that takes the blame for any real or imagined rise in the cost of living.

And since the cost of living affects everyone, government leaders have to take the issue seriously.

Yesterday, the government announced a number of anti-inflation measures. First, it has decided to freeze energy prices and fare increases for all kinds of transport. If the situation worsens, the government may impose price controls on food as well.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has also ordered ministers to gear up the government's Took Tang Pandin (being cheap nationwide) street market festival to counter the Democrat Party which has labelled the rise in prices since the Yingluck government took office as paeng tang pandin (being expensive nationwide).

Ms Yingluck yesterday told all ministries to accelerate identifying and securing areas for the Took Tang Pandin markets in various parts of the country.

The vendors will be allowed to occupy the areas free of charge to operate stalls under the campaign and sell goods at 20-40% below current market prices.

Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom said the campaign will start on Friday in 10 districts of Bangkok and it will go nationwide over the next two months.

The ministry will seek cooperation from food centre operators in offices and department stores to provide alternative dishes for up to 30 baht each.

He said the ministry will speed up opening Took Jai shops that sell low-priced goods. It aims to have 1,000 such outlets in Bangkok and 2,000 in the provinces by the end of May.

It will also ask for cooperation from consumer goods producers to maintain prices for two to four months as the government develops measures to reduce their costs.

Government spokesman Anusorn Eiamsa-ard said recent market surveys by 11 ministers showed goods prices in provinces were quite low and that prices had surged in Bangkok.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Phusadee Arunmas and Chatrudee Theparat. You can read the full story here:

inflation – a general rise in the prices of services and goods in a particular country, resulting in a fall in the value of money  เงินเฟ้อ
measure – an action taken to solve a particular problem มาตรการ
contain – to prevent from spreading; to keep within limits จำกัด,ควบคุมไว้
target – to direct something at someone or something ตั้งเป้าหมาย
blame – responsibility for doing something badly or wrongly; saying that somebody is responsible for something การรับผิดชอบต่อสิ่งไม่ดีที่เกิดขึ้น
imagined – believing something that is not true or only thought to be true จินตนาการ, นึกฝัน, นึกเอาเอง, คาดคิด
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
freeze – to hold wages, prices, etc. at a fixed level for a period of time อายัด (ราคา, เงินเดือน, etc.)
fare – the money that you pay for a journey ค่าโดยสาร
transport – the activity or business of carrying goods from one place to another using lorries/trucks, trains, etc การขนส่ง
situation – all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place  สถานการณ์
impose – to introduce something and force people to accept it  กำหนด,บังคับใช้
gear up – to prepare yourself, or to prepare something for an activity or event  เตรียม (บางสิ่งเช่น เครื่องจักร) ให้พร้อมสำหรับ
counter – to go against ต้าน, แย้ง
label – to use a word or phrase to describe someone or something, especially one that is not completely fair or true ติดชื่อ
accelerate – to cause to happen more quickly เร่ง
identify – to specify  ระบุ
secure – to get or achieve something
vendors – people who sell things, e.g., food or newspapers, usually outside on the street พ่อค้าแม่่ค้าหาบแร่แผงลอย
occupy – to use a place for period of time ครอง
operate – to carry out an activity like running a business ดำเนินการ
stall – a large table or a small building that is open at the front, used for selling things (or for giving people information) รถ หรือแผงขายของ
campaign – a series of actions intended to produce political or social change การรณรงค์
current – of the present time ปัจจุบัน
Commerce Ministry – the Thai government ministry focusing on internal and external tarde, ensuring free and fair trade and protecting consumers กระทรวงพาณิชย์
Commerce Minister – the minister overseeing the Commerce Ministry
nationwide – throughout a whole country  ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
cooperation – a situation in which people or organisations work together to achieve a result that will benefit all of them  การร่วมมือกัน
provide – to give someone something that they want or need จัดหาให้,  จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
alternative – another choice ตัวเลือก / ทางเลือก
dish – food prepared and cooked in a particular way อาหาร
goods – things that are produced to be sold; possessions that can be moved สินค้า, สิ่งของ
aim – to have as your purpose or goal   มีเป้าหมาย  มีจุดมุ่งหมาย     
outlet – a shop or place where a particular product is sold  ร้านขายสินค้า
consumer – someone who buys and uses goods and services ผู้บริโภค
maintain – to keep รักษา
reduce – to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc ลดลง
surge – to increase very quickly เพิ่มขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว

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