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‘Barracks businesses’ to be handed over to Treasury on Monday

Feb 15. 2020
Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong
Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong
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By The Nation

Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong on Friday (February 14) placed Second Army Area Commander Lt General Thanya Kiatisan in charge of the military’s investigation into last Saturday’s murderous rampage in Nakhon Ratchasima by a sergeant-major.

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He also appointed Maj General Rachit Arunrungsee, chief of the Army Welfare Department, to scrutinise all for-profit ventures in which the military is involved, including its own welfare programmes and businesses run in part or in whole by military units.

Chief of the Directorate of Personnel Lt General Ayuth Sriwiset was ordered to deal with officers found to have a stake in businesses run from the barracks.

Rachit has already informed Apirat that more than 40 businesses were operated out of barracks or on state land occupied by the Army, including hotels, boxing stadiums and golf courses.

Apirat said he would sign a formal agreement by which some of the land holdings and commercial businesses would be transferred to the Finance Ministry’s Treasury Department on Monday.

The same day, he said, he will report on progress made in his planned reforms and open a new call centre where low-ranked soldiers can lodge complaints about abuses by their superiors.

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