• Short Summary

    Thailand's Department of Public Welfare recently set up a settlement at Saraburi for 995 former pedal-cab drivers and their families, a total of 3000 people.

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    Thailand's Department of Public Welfare recently set up a settlement at Saraburi for 995 former pedal-cab drivers and their families, a total of 3000 people.

    Early this year the Thai government banned 'samlors', man-propelled tricycle cabs, from Bangkok, Thailand's capital, because they had a bad effect on drivers' health. Some drivers went to small towns where samlors were still permitted, but many opted to enter 'self-help' resettlement centres.

    At Saraburi, drivers receive land, tools, seedlings, and young livestock, as well as money towards house-building. Until houses are built, settlers get free food and shelter.

    Land settlement schemes were inaugurated in 1940 by royal decree. There are now 32 'self-help' centres, 24 built during the past 5 years. Each new centre is planned as a self-contained community, with schools, and other facilities. Centres are intended to raise social and economic standards in rural areas, and strengthen family ties. The Public Welfare Department hopes to start on in each Thailand province.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACSYZC7UTFTDV0DHMS3XCTOCZZ
    Media URN:
    VLVACSYZC7UTFTDV0DHMS3XCTOCZZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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