MP Pareena must return land Wednesday

MP Pareena must return land Wednesday

Officials erect an expulsion notice at the chicken farm of PPRP MP Pareena Kraikupt in Ratchaburi’s Chom Bung district on Dec 9 last year. (Photo by Saichon Srinuanchan)
Officials erect an expulsion notice at the chicken farm of PPRP MP Pareena Kraikupt in Ratchaburi’s Chom Bung district on Dec 9 last year. (Photo by Saichon Srinuanchan)

The Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) on Tuesday ordered Palang Pracharath MP Pareena Kraikupt to hand over her 682-rai chicken farm in Ratchaburi’s Chom Bueng district, which is on <i>Sor Por Kor</i> land, on Wednesday.

The order follows Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam's order to enforce the law equally against anyone who encroaches on government land, Alro deputy secretary-general Suriyon Phatcharakrukanont said.

If Ms Pareena does not comply, legal action will follow, Mr Suriyon said.

Ms Pareena announced her intention to return the land to avoid legal action last December in the form of a letter to the department. However, no further effort has been made on her behalf to comply with the ruling. 

Sor Por Kor land is parcelled out in 50-rai blocks to landless farmers and cannot be sold on.

Demolition of the chicken farm is expected to start later this month and take several months.

Once the work is finished, the land is expected to be distributed to poor farmers by year’s end.


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