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Byline: The Nation.
Porntiva insists rice auction graft-free
Commerce Minister Porntiva Nakasai insisted yesterday that the rice auction was corruption-free, thanks to scrutiny by various agencies including the PM's Office, and that no rice traders were asked to pay upfront fees to enter a bid.
Asking for over 1 million tonnes each are Singtothong Rice Corp, Vuthikavee, Chaiyaporn Rice and Food Products and Capital Cereals. They quoted Bt13,000-Bt14,600 for the 2008/09 crop.
An industry source said the sale may collapse as politicians back different companies, and they may clash.
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