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Thailand to spend $1.4 bln to develop deep south

2009-04-19 07:50:25 GMT2009-04-19 15:50:25 (Beijing Time)  xinhuanet

BANGKOK, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Thai government will spend more than 50 billion Baht (1.4 billion U.S. dollars) to develop infrastructure and improve livelihood of people in four southernmost provinces in an effort to resolve violence in the region, a senior official said.

A special committee set up for improving economy in the region agreed that more than 50 billion Baht (1.4 billion U.S. dollars) is needed for development projects in unrest Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat provinces as well as four districts of Songkhla during 2010-2012, the Thai News Agency on Sunday quoted Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senneam as saying.

Under the planned projects, each village in the area will get 228,000 Baht (6430 U.S. dollars), with villagers being expected to cooperate in planning development projects for their village without intervention by the government, Thaworn told local officials in Songkhla.

More than 100,000 households in the region will be picked up to join an economic self-sufficiency program, with each household receiving 6,000 Baht (170 U.S. dollars) in leading the program, he said.

Insurgent violence has killed over 3, 500 people in Thailand's deep South since its resurrection in January 2004. On Friday, a special cabinet meeting agreed to extend the emergency decree, due to expire on April 19, for another three months in the region.

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