Escorted by a fleet of vehicles, around two dozen committed residents and members belonging to the territorial Northern Peasant Federation had gathered as the cascade of vehicles passed them. Their purpose was clear and echoed through the placards they proudly held aloft, a unified plea urging for governmental policies promoting equitable land distribution among economically disadvantaged farmers and rural inhabitants.
Chief amongst the placards, their messages seared into the hearts and minds of onlookers such as, “Cease the affluent’s land encroachment upon the underprivileged”, “Are the impoverished privy to rights?” and “Assert equal distribution of authority, land, and wealth”. These statements stirred the atmosphere and marred the air with their poignant demands.
In a show of intended empathy, the Premier’s designate representatives courteously entertained an open letter presented by the protesting individuals. The symbolic act served to acknowledge the gravity of the issues at hand.
The motorcade then continued on from its unlikely rendezvous, journeying onward from the Mae Kuang Dam nestled in the leafy precincts of Doi Saket district. The delegation, led by Premier Srettha alongside his ministerial colleagues, were inspecting the progress of a crucial water tunnel construction.
In an unscheduled intermission, the Prime Minister engagingly interacted with a local contingent of fishermen, who were engaged in their daily routine of harvesting the day’s catch from the dam’s reservoir.
Srettha’s itinerary stemmed from a three-day working visit that also encompassed Chiang Rai, following which he scheduled to shuttle back to Bangkok on Sunday. The Saturday itinerary also included the Huai Hong Khrai Royal Development Study Centre. With its genesis tied to the vision of King Rama IX the Great, the center conducts empirical study models for regional and vocational development.
Subsequent to the visit, a meeting was planned with local entrepreneurs to have insightful exchanges about the issues they face and propose motivational techniques to inspire young entrepreneurs to birth new ventures. The rendezvous at Chiang Mai University was earmarked to lend an ear to an array of considerations ranging from fiscal growth trajectory, tourism, transport, along with the prevalent social and environmental concerns.
As per his Sunday agenda, Premier Srettha is also expected to have discourse with the management personnel of Chiang Mai International Airport. The central topic of discussion is to troubleshoot the feasibility of initiating additional post-midnight flights to cater to the upsurge of tourists. Affected local residents impacted by late-night flight activity to and from the Chiang Mai airport are also due to participate in the discussions.