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13 reform committees will have procedures to follow

Sep 07. 2017
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam
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By The Nation

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The 13 national reform committees on Wednesday jointly convened for the second time to consider the draft regulations outlining the procedures that will guide them in their future reform work.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said new regulations concerning procedures to be followed by the reform committees would be issued to ensure that all committees are consistent in their approach and that they are following legal requirements.

Wissanu outlined the process the committees would follow going forward.

There would be regulations guiding their meeting procedures, holding public hearings, and guiding consultants. Unlike the past approach, the law would no longer allow committees to appoint sub-panels to help them with their work. They must instead hire consultants, who would help them choose solutions after the problems have been extensively studied.

The committees would then proceed with reform work as required by the law, including enactment of new laws to facilitate reform in different policy areas.

The new charter for the first time requires major reforms in the country. With the new national reform law enacted, the 13 committees so far set up will push the reforms forward.

Committees will develop the master plan, which will in turn guide the relevant agencies to reform each area as planned. If they fail to perform, they could be subject to penalties.

At a separate lecture about the country’s reform direction, Wissanu said the government now is working on three approaches.

First, there are the nation-wide reforms as required by the charter. Second, there is the work being done by the supreme committee of reform, reconciliation and national strategy. Third, state agencies, could also push for reforms and propose plans to the committees or to the supreme body, he said.

Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, president of the National Legislative Assembly, said the reform committees can propose as many reforms as they wish to laws in areas under their jurisdiction, and the NLA would consider them based on their priorities.

However, said Pornpetch, the laws must pass public hearings requirements based on the charter’s Article 77.

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