By The Nation
Prayut said that at the meeting, which lasted about two hours, committee members only discussed the broad framework of the writing of the national strategy.
He insisted that the strategy would not be rigidly binding for the next 20 years, as it could be revised every five years as a result of changing circumstances and would not limit future governments’ power.
The coup-installed premier also denied that the strategy would pave the way for him to stay on in power.
The national strategy committee will take on the work of the National Legislative Assembly as well as the National Reform Assembly, so as to draw up a master plan for the national strategy, the PM said.
Other agencies, including the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board, would also come up with plans and internal work plans accordingly, he added.
The new Constitution also stipulated the national strategy must be adopted, he emphasised.
Prayut also said he believed there should not be any problem as a result of developing the strategy.
The plan would not limit future governments’ work, he said, adding that it would only help set common goals.
The national strategy would help prevent indiscriminate development in all sectors and areas, the prime minister said.