Diesel subsidy for more sectors

We left the deal between the truckers and the government here… But actually it seems a little bit more complicated.

Energy minister and Chairman of the National Energy Policy Committee Poonpirom Liptapanlop revealed that Cabinet has agreed with the resolution to ease the impact of the oil price hike by providing a subsidy of three baht per litre of diesel for five more sectors, namely the Northeastern truck operators, the Land Transport Federation of Thailand, taxi operators under the government’s Ua-Arthon project, the prawn farmers group and the fishermen group.

The operators’ reports have to be presented for Cabinet deliberation shortly. However, the Energy Ministry confirmed that it will support the project with the allocation of 90 million liters of diesel per month for the next six months.

Land Transport Federation of Thailand’s Secretary-General Thongyoo Kongkhan stated that around 100,000 trucks were listed as eligible for the subsidized fuel and each needs about 150 liters of diesel per day, resulting in a demand of around one million liters of oil per day over six months. (TOC)

So we had the bus companies, now the fishermens (but it’s not really new)… the taxis from a special project (they just received a green light to increase fares)… the prawns farmers (okay)… and the Land transport Federation, along with the truckers from North-East…

Talk about a convoy ! 😉

So, exactly like I said… there isn’t enough cheap diesel for everybody… There are hundred of thousands of trucks in Thailand… So who is going to -really- benefit from the subsidy ? Like always, nothing is clear.

The government is walking on eggs with this fuel issue… Poor communication, no transparency… That’s a pitty.

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