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Former Democrat MP for Phitsanulok Warong Detkitvikrom described rice pledging scheme "as the worst in 16 aspects."

Former Democrat MP for Phitsanulok Warong Detkitvikrom, the man who blew the whistle on losses and corruption of the rice pledging scheme, described the Pheu Thai populist policy "as the worst in 16 aspects."

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1. The most expensive project ever with 870 billion baht spent for just five crops, 2011-12 main crop, 2011 second crop, 2012-13 main crop main crop, 2013 second crop and 2013-14 main crop;

2. The fastest spent funding. 500 billion baht fund was completed depleted in three years to the extent that the government owed over a million of farming households;

3. The most cheated project with corruption in every step of implementation

4. The most destructive scheme as far as export was concerned with Thailand losing its status as the world’s No 1 rice exporter;

5. The highest number of suicides among farmers, 16 altogether

6. The highest number of warehouse used to store rice – 1,800 warehouses and 117 silos;

7. The highest storage cost ever spent;

8. The most number of ministers employed to oversee the scheme – altogether six, including Kittirat Na-ranong, Boonsong Teriphirom, Poom Saraphol, Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan, Yanyong Puangrach and Varathep Rattanakorn

9. Most beneficial to foreign rice exporters

10. Most destructive project ever

11. Most complicated cheating trick

12. Most amount of missing rice

13. Most amount of rotten rice

14. Most covered-up project

15. Most unanswered questions.

16. Most amount of foreign grains ever sold to Thailand.

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