By THE NATION
A news source at Government House said the Cabinet has assigned the Interior Ministry’s Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) and related agencies to come up with suitable rates and payment methods and present them to the Cabinet at its next meeting.
The DOPA reported that it currently has 291,244 personnel serving as local administration officials – 7,036 are subdistrict headmen, 67,619 village headmen, 7,036 subdistrict doctors, 14,072 assistant subdistrict headmen and 194,491 assistant village headmen.
The department had previously come up with a plan to adjust the salaries of all local administration officials yearly at Bt1,000 to Bt5,000, depending on their positions, under a proposed budget of Bt37.8 billion per year. However, the Cabinet advised the department to replace its salary adjustment plan with a bonus payment to save money.