KALASIN: A committee, probing alleged corruption in the province’s flood rehabilitation programme for affected farmers, is expected to submit its findings to the provincial governor this week.
The investigation found the prices of farming materials, procured under the project to help flood-affected farmers, were considerably higher than normal, Col Manop Khaikhunthot, deputy director of Kalasin’s provincial Internal Security Operations Command, who was also the chairman of the committee, said yesterday.
Once governor Kraison Kongchalat gets the probe report, disciplinary action will be taken against local civil servants and leaders involved in the shady deal, Col Manop said.
The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission’s (PACC) Region 4 office in Khon Kaen province will also pursue legal action against officials implicated in the scam, he said.
A panel has been set up to probe allegations of possible corruption in at least six districts — Yang Talat, Na Khu, Kuchinarai, Huai Phung, Khao Wong and Somdet.
Col Manop said the investigation revealed the supplier of procured farming materials wasn’t the one initially contracted, but a shop called Boonma Phanich, which was later found to be a typical residential building, not the store it was purported to be.
The panel is checking the legality of the supplier and its dealings, he added.
Meanwhile, several farmers in tambon Bua Ban of Yang Talat district also demanded an investigation after frogs given to them as part of the flood rehabilitation project died in an unusual manner.
Wirot Yothasin, 70, a resident of Bang Khok Kong in, said the frogs were handed over to him and his neighbours in three batches.
They were handed over for the farmers to raise as compensation for the losses they suffered due to flooding in their paddy fields. However, all of them died.