Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwankiri on Friday
indicated the government’s planned borrowing of significant funds to support
implementation of projects under the Thai Khem Kaeng (Strong Thailand)
scheme would not fuel the country’s public debts as some academics
He said the amount the government planned to borrow would
not be as high as Bt800 billion, partly because it earned more tax revenue
Trairong said he had monitored various ministries’ plans
to disburse the Thai Khem Kaeng budget and found the amount is not as high
as indicated earlier.
Of late, the public health, education, and natural
resources and environment ministries had delayed disbursing the budget of
which Bt70-80 billion might be cut back.
Asked to comment on a plan by the Thai Chamber of
Commerce and the business community to show their disapproval of the ongoing
rallies of red shirt demonstrators which they see as negatively affecting
the Thai economy, the deputy premier said it could be done because it is an
expression of individual views which is a right under democratic systems.
“Under democratic rule, everyone can express views if he
or she has been affected by actions taken by other persons. What we should
be wary of is a possible clash. A resort to violence must not be adopted by
any groups of people,” he said. (TNA)