Traders report to Tapan Hin municipal for questioning on school lunch scandal

Several traders who supplied raw materials to Tapan Hin Witthayakarn municipal school in Tapan Hin district of Phichit province reported themselves to the municipal office on Sunday for questioning regarding school lunch corruption which is the subject of an investigation as ordered by the provincial governor.

A chicken trader who supplied chicken to the school, Mr Prasit Kongkiam, said this was his first meeting with municipal officials since a probe team was set up about five months ago to prove the alleged corruption.

He told Thai PBS reporter that, on Friday, municipal officials approached the suppliers asking them to sign a document confirming that they sold raw materials to Tapan Hin Witthayakarn school at a fixed price of 90 baht for every item of raw materials. But they refused to sign because they sold at different prices for different materials.

Other food suppliers said they were also required to see municipal officials, but they didn’t know the motive of the meeting.

The Taparn Hin municipal administration has been ordered by the governor, Mr Veerasak Vichitsaengsri, to wrap up the probe into the lunch program within June 29 after two postponements.

The governor also ordered that the probe report must be clear and without ambiguities.

The school lunch alleged corruption at the school was first exposed by the deputy director of the school after he felt that the school children had been robbed of their food by the school administration.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)

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