BANGKOK — The Department of Internal Trade has announced a plan to install food stalls selling inexpensive items inside major supermarkets across the country.
"The Blue Flag" stalls will open in branches of Big C and Lotus supermarket chains by early June, said Santichai Sarntawalpaet, deputy director of the Department of Internal Trade.
According to Mr. Santichai, the price of food sold by these "Blue Flag" stalls will be 20% cheaper than goods in the unsubsidized market.
Mr. Santichai said the program is meant to ease financial burdens during the economic slow-down, and to assist parents who are bound to face additional expenditures when school semesters start this June.
Mr. Santichai said the Department of Internal Trade will ask producers of commodity goods to freeze their prices in the next six months, while vendors who sell extraordinarily expensive goods will be punished. Citizens are urged to report any violators to the Department's hotline at 1569.
Despite the economic fallout caused by the ongoing political crisis, Thailand will not face a shortage of commodity goods, Mr. Santichai insisted.
"There is no need for consumers to stockpile any goods," he said.
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