Thai junta spends US$ 4.3 bn in 2 months

 
Within about two months since the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) seized power on 22 May 2014, the junta has decided to spent more than 138 billion baht or about 4.3 billion US dollars.  
 
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17 June 2014 The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives said it had paid 89,931 million baht to 838,538 rice farmers who had not yet received payment from the Rice Pledging Scheme under the civilian Pheu Thai government 
 
17 June 2014 The NCPO approved a budget of 5,400 million baht to help 580,000 victims of natural disasters since 2012 who had not yet been compensated by civilian governments. 
 
24 June 2014 The NCPO approved a budget of 8,357 million baht to continue building 396 police stations which had been left unfinished. The project was initiated during the Abhisit Vejjajiva government.  
 
24 June 2014 The NCPO approved 96 million baht for the Fisheries Department to provide farmers with shrimp larvae after the spread of Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) in shrimps. 
 
28 June 2014 The NCPO approved 17,000 million baht for water management projects to prevent floods and drought.  
 
4 July 2014 The NCPO approved a budget of 2,455 million baht for the Army to build a museum on valuable woods.
 
9 July 2014 As part of the Return Happiness campaign, the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives reduced the interest rate for farmers to three percent (no more than 50,000 baht per one farmer) with the government paying compensation to the bank. In total, the government has to pay 2,292 million baht   
 
22 July 2014 The NCPO approved a budget 4,401 million baht as a loan for the Bangkok Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2,870 million baht of the budget is for gasoline while 1,531 million baht is for bus maintenance. This is also to increase the liquidity of the BMTA. 
 
22 July 2014 The NCPO approved a 252 million baht budget for renovation of Government House and the PM’s Official Residence, Phitsanulok House.
 
22 July 2014 The NCPO approved 1.3 million baht for the Education Ministry to buy and install distance education equipment at 15,411 schools across the country. 
 
22 July 2014 The NCPO approved 119.15 million baht for scholarships for 300 students at the Asian Institute of Technology in the 2014 and 2015 semesters. 
 
25 July 2014 The NCPO approved a 200 million baht budget for the Anti-Money Laundering Office to improve its computer system. 
 
28 July 2014 The NCPO approved a budget of 163 million baht to buy longan, rambutan and long kong from farmers in the North, East, and the South. 
 
The total of 138 billion baht does not include the spending for the more than 84,000 “return happiness” events.