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Wissanu warns of penalties for failure to follow 20-year strategy

Mar 02. 2017
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Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam warned Thursday that the 20-year national strategy would be legally binding for future governments and all agencies.

“The 20-year national strategy pushed by this government has been approved by both the people and the national assembly. If the new government disagrees, it has to follow the process of both public opinion gathering and passing the Parliament,” Wissanu said. 

“If not, all the Cabinet, the Parliament, Courts, and independent agencies will be obliged to following the plan which will inflict a severe penalty both politically and legally.”

Wissanu made his remarks during a national forum entitled “Public Administration in the Reform, National Strategy, and Reconciliation Building Plan,” on Thursday.

The deputy prime minister also urged all government agencies to change their mindset to be prepared for all the changes to come.

He said that the changes were the result of globalization and the demand of the government as well as the people. Wissanu said prime minister [Prayut Chan-o-cha] wanted all agencies to be aware of the trend in order to be prepared and be able to work in collaboration.

Public administration has three major points, Wissanu explained. They were administration and development, law enforcement, and solving immediate problems.

In the referendum-endorsed constitution, reform plans involving seven main points were laid out, he said. They were political, public administration, law, justice system, education, and economic reforms, he said.

He added that all the points were unprecedented and said that the new charter also stipulated how it would be carried out, who would be responsible for it, and when it must be finished.

Regarding national strategy, Wissanu said that the government had set down six main issues to pursue, including security, development, competitiveness, and environment. Wissanu encouraged government agencies to imitate the “big picture” and adapt their own agencies.


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