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Rice inquiry is welcome news

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Albeit belatedly, the fact that the National Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to look into suspected irregularities in the Commerce Ministry's handling of the government's rice pledging scheme comes as welcome news. 

NACC spokesman Klanarong Chantik says the complaint by Warong Dejkitvikrom, Democrat MP for Phitsanulok, has sufficient grounds to warrant an investigation into the populist scheme. A panel comprising Mr Klanarong and two other commission members, Vicha Mahakhun and Pol Gen Sathaporn Laothong, will take charge of the probe originally targeting Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, but will be expanded to cover more people if they are implicated.

The NACC's inquiry will be based on the evidence provided by Mr Warong which was already presented by the Democrat MP during the censure debate in parliament last week although the debate targeted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for alleged mishandling of the pledging scheme.

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