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Rice tricks: Innovation in corruption

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A little good rice on the outside to show govt inspectors. Then sell rice inside & double your profits. Next, quickly replace inside with cheap low quality rice. 

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Democrats show rorting clip

18/07/2013 

Democrat MPs yesterday played a video clip showing how to rort the rice-pledging scheme by stealing stockpiled rice and replacing it with low-grade grain.

They claim the technique is being used by several mill and warehouse operators to bolster their profits.

Led by Phitsanulok MP Warong Dechgitvigrom, the opposition MPs gathered at Government House and played the clip before reporters. They also performed a live demonstration of the technique using scale-replica rice sacks and conveyor belts.

The MPs said mill and warehouse operators are stealing pledged rice - for which they have already been paid by the government - from the centre of their stockpiled stacks.

They then sell this rice again privately to other traders, effectively meaning they are being paid twice for the same rice.

To prevent detection by government inspectors, mill operators then replace the stolen rice with low-cost inferior-grade grain. Because the pledged rice was stolen from the centre of stockpiles, it is impossible to detect irregularities when the stacks are viewed from the outside, as is normal during government inspections.

Mr Warong said the clip featured a rice warehouse in Nakhon Sawan and stressed that it should prompt the government to launch more thorough inspections of its rice stocks.

The Democrat MP also criticised the Commerce Ministry's plan to implant microchips in sacks of rice under the rice-pledging scheme to enable monitoring of stocks and curb irregularities.

He said Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan lacked any understanding of the problems plaguing the pledging scheme.

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Vocabulary:

bolster: to make something stronger or more effective - ทำให้เข้มแข็ง

claim: saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา

conveyor belt: a long moving belt in a factory that sends goods along to workers (on the "assembly line") as they are being made and assembled - สายพานนำส่ง, ยานพาหนะที่มีตีนตะขาบ

criticise: to say that you disapprove of somebody/something; to say what you do not like or think is wrong about somebody/something - วิจารณ์, ติเตียน,จับผิด

curb: to control or limit something that is harmful - จำกัดขอบเขต

demonstration: showing something or explaining how it works - การสาธิต

detect: to notice, to discover or find out - พบได้, สังเกต

detection: the process of proving that something is present or how something has happened using scientific methods - การพบ,การสืบหา,การตรวจพบ

effectively: in reality - ตามความเป็นจริง

enable: to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible - ทำให้เป็นไปได้

feature: to include someone or something as an important part - ทำให้เด่น

grade: a level of quality of importance; class, rank, standard - ระดับ, ระดับคะแนน, เกรด

grain: the small hard seeds of food plants such as wheat, rice, etc; a single seed of such a plant - เมล็ดข้าว, เมล็ดพืช

implant: putting something (usually something artificial) into a part of the body for medical purposes, usually by means of an operation - การปลูกฝัง, การสอด, การใส่

inferior: not as good as someone or something else - ด้อยกว่า

inspection: an official process of checking that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should - การตรวจสอบตรวจตรา

inspector : an official whose job is to check that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should - ผู้ตรวจสอบ

irregularity: a situation in which the rules, laws, or usual ways of doing things have not been followed - การปฏิบัติที่ไม่เป็นไปตามระเบียบปกติ

launch: to start something - เริ่มต้น, เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มทำ

live: a show or TV program that is happening now, not prerecorded and then shown later -

mill: a building fitted with machinery for crushing or grinding something - โรงสี

monitor: to regularly check something or watch someone in order to find out what is happening - ตรวจสอบ ตรวจตรา

normal: typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ

operator: a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ

opposition: of a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government - ฝ่ายค้าน  ผู้ต่อต้าน

perform: to put on a show for people, e.g., singing, playing a sport, etc - แสดง

plague: to cause a lot of problems for someone or something for a long period of time - ทำให้ยุ่งยากมานาน

pledge rice: to sell rice to the government at a particular price, with the right to reclaim the rice if the market price goes higher - จำนำข้าว

prevent: to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, กัน, กีดขวาง

privately: not done with many people knowing about it - โดยส่วนตัว

profit: money that you make from selling goods and services after all your costs have been paid - กำไร

prompt: to cause someone to take action - กระตุ้น

replica: an accurate copy of something - งานศิลปะที่จำลองจากของจริง, ของจำลอง

reporter: someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว

rice-pledging scheme: a government programme in which farmers sell rice to the government at a particular price, with the right to reclaim the rice if the market price goes higher - โครงการจำนำข้าว

rort: a dishonest scheme, to take unfair advantage of something (Australian informal language) -

sack: a large strong bag for storing and carrying things - กระสอบ, ถุงขนาดใหญ่

scale: the size or extent of something, especially when compared with something else - ขนาด, ระดับ

scale-replica: a model of something that is smaller than the real thing -

stockpile: a large collection of things that may be needed - สิ่งที่เก็บสะสมไว้ คลังสินค้า

stress: to emphasise something such as an idea, fact or detail; to explain why something is important - เน้น

technique: a method of doing something using a special skill that you have developed - เทคนิค, กลวิธี (เฉพาะด้าน)

thorough: detailed and careful - ละเอียดถี่ถ้วน

trader: someone who buys and sells things - ผู้ค้า

video clip: a short piece of video, in YouTube, for example - คลิปวีดีโอ

warehouse: a large building for storing things - โกดังสินค้า, คลังสินค้า, โรงพัสดุ

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