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The government yesterday asked for cooperation from business entrepreneurs to hold current prices of 205 items of necessary products until November this year after global oil price is on downtrend.
Deputy government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the call for cooperation from the private sector was intended to help alleviate the burden of the people on the current high cost of living on the public.
He said the necessary products listed by the Commerce Ministry are vital to the people in their daily lives.
He said the products include as bag rice, fresh chicken meats, eggs, beef, pork, powdered milk, fresh milk, sugar, salt, vegetable oil, cement, tiles, galvanised iron, and steel bar.
He said the government wanted to see that business operators retained their prices for three months or until November.
The deputy government spokesman also thanked business operators for their cooperation and their understanding that Thailand is still facing a slow economic improvement due to the sluggish global economy recovery.
However, he stressed that if there is any product that they think should get a price increase, the commerce ministry will invite those involved for another discussion on the issue.
Meanwhile the commerce ministry has also asked food courts to carry on with the scheme to have an instant meal for 25 baht a dish until the end of September 2015, as a way to help the public ease the burden of having a higher cost of living.