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Ministry reshuffle follows data leak

As scheme bleeds cash, regional rivals pounce

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The Finance Ministry has reassigned Supa Piyajitti, a deputy finance permanent secretary, from her role overseeing the debts and expenses group after last week's leaked report predicting big losses for the state's rice pledging scheme. 

Ms Supa will now be in charge of the Office of the Permanent Secretary and the Fiscal Policy Office. Pongpanu Svetarundra, another deputy permanent secretary, will move from the Fiscal Policy Office to take her place, according to a letter signed by the finance permanent secretary and made public Monday.

Local media widely reported that losses from the government's most contentious populist campaign - the rice subsidy scheme - are estimated to reach 200 billion baht, up sharply from the Finance Ministry's previous projection of 70-100 billion baht.

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