Opposition gets ready to attack govt over 2022 budget bill
The opposition, led by Pheu Thai and Move Forward parties, are getting ready to attack the government over the 2022 national budget in Parliament from Monday.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to debate the 3.1-trillion-baht budget for the fiscal year 2022 until June 2.
Pheu Thai Party will have 55 MPs and the Move Forward Party will have 21 MPs take the floor to question the government’s decision on four aspects:
• What if the expectation of the economy recovering in 2022 is not met?
• Not enough funds have been allocated to stimulate the economy and solve the Covid-19 crisis.
• The government’s decision to take loans will ruin the country’s monetary system.
• Funds have been allocated to benefit the coalition parties instead of the people. For instance, more money has been allocated to the Defence Ministry than the Public Health Ministry.
The 3.1-trillion-baht budget is allocated as follows:
Central budget: 571.04 billion
Prime Minister's Office: 34.01 billion
Defence Ministry: 203.28 billion
Finance Ministry: 273.94 billion
Foreign Ministry: 7.61 billion
Tourism and Sports Ministry: 5.16 billion
Social Development and Human Security Ministry: 24.66 billion
Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Ministry: 124.18 billion
Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry: 110.12 billion
Transport Ministry: 175.85 billion
Digital Economy and Society Ministry: 6.97 billion
Natural Resources and Environment Ministry: 28.32 billion
Energy Ministry: 2.71 billion
Commerce Ministry: 6.52 billion
Interior Ministry: 316.52 billion
Justice Ministry 24.32 billion
Labour Ministry 49.74 billion
Culture Ministry: 7.10 billion
Education Ministry: 332.39 billion
Public Health Ministry: 153.94 billion
Industry Ministry: 4.38 billion