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Former communists to receive B1.4bn

The Communist Party of Thailand has been defunct since 1980 when guerrillas and 'misled' students agreed to leave the jungle, lay down arms and take hefty payments in cash and land to stop their low-level war. (Creative Commons photo)

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The government will next Wednesday hand out a total of 1.4 billion baht to 6,183 ex-comrades in "pocket money", as a parting gift to former members of the now-defunct Communist Party of Thailand (CPT).

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Govt to hand out B1.4bn to former communists


The government will next Wednesday hand out a total of 1.4 billion baht to 6,183 ex-comrades in "pocket money", as a parting gift to former members of the now-defunct Communist Party of Thailand (CPT).

The money, intended to help them stand firmly on their feet for the future, is the last installment in a financial package that was agreed in 1980 when then Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda urged CPT members to turn their backs on the party and join a national development programme.

Former CPT members and supporters were first given plots of land, followed by help in 2002 and 2009, and with one last batch of help planned for this week, said Col Phirawat Saengthong, spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command.

The Prayut Chan-o-cha cabinet approved the financial assistance last month, in which each will receive 225,000 baht, he said.

This group of ex-comrades are eligible for the money because they meet certain criteria: They surrendered themselves to the government, have never received help, and are currently struggling against poverty, said Col Phirawat.

At 1pm on June 21, authorities will start handing out the money to the recipients simultaneously at 11 locations around the country.

Those who live in the Central Plains can report to officials at the Army Club in Bangkok or the 9th Infantry Division, known as Surasi Military Base, in Kanchanaburi.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will preside over the event in Bangkok where he will meet 294 ex-comrades.

Other nine locations, mainly in military compounds, are in the northeastern provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan, the northern provinces of Nan and Tak and the southern provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani and Phatthalung.

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adj (noun): connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร

approve : to give official permission - อนุมัต

assistance : help; aid - ความช่วยเหลือ

authorities : people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

batch : a group of things considered similar in type - พวก, ชุด, กลุ่ม

cabinet : the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี

certain (adj): some; particular things, people or groups without giving any more details about it or them - บ้าง

compound : an area enclosed by a fence or wall, usually in which people work or live - บริเวณ

comrade : a friend, especially someone you have fought together with in a war or worked with - เพื่อน, มิตรสนิท

criteria (noun): (singular "criterion") a set of standards that is used for judging something or for making a decision about something - บรรทัดฐาน

currently : at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน

defunct : no longer existing, operating or being used - ถูกยุบ, หยุดทำงาน

deputy : a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

development : the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา

eligible : allowed by rules or laws to do something or to receive something - มีสิทธิ

financial : involving money - เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน

firmly : in a strong or definite way - อย่างหนักแน่น

former : of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน

future : what will happen to somebody/something at a later time - อนาคต

infantry : soldiers who fight on foot, not on horses or in tanks or other vehicles - ทหารราบ

installment : one of a series of regular payments for buying something several months or years. It only belongs to the person who is buying it when all the payments have been made. - ค่างวด, ค่าผ่อนส่ง, การผ่อนส่ง, การผ่อนชำระ

intended : planned; wanted to happen - ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น

Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) : a unit of the Thai military devoted to national security issues - กองอำนวยการรักษาความมั่นคงภายใน (กอ.รมน.)

locations (noun): places - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล

package (noun): a set of items or ideas that must be bought or accepted together - รวมกันเป็นชุด

parting gift (noun): something you give to someone who is about to leave somewhere - ของขวัญที่มอบให้กับคนที่กำลังจะออกไป

plains : a large area of flat land - ที่ราบ

plot (noun): a piece of land used for a particular purpose - ที่ดิน, ที่ดินแปลงเล็ก

poverty : the condition of being extremely poor - ความจน

preside : to be in charge of an official meeting, ceremony or other event - เป็นประธาน ในพิธี ในที่ประชุม

programme : a thin book or a piece of paper that gives you information about an event - รายการ

recipients : people who receive something - ผู้รับ

simultaneously : happening at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน,ที่พร้อมกัน

struggle (verb): to try hard to do something that you find very difficult - พยายาม; ต่อสู้

surrender : to give yourself up - ยอมจำนน

urge : to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น


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