By THE NATION
The meeting was chaired by Suphachai Somcharoen, deputy speaker of the Senate.
The draft set the budget for the next fiscal year at around Bt3.285 trillion. Several senators debated the budget allocations for several ministries and departments, including the budget earmarked to buy Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available. None of the senators commented on the budget allocation for the Ministry of Defence.
Of the 224 senators present in the upper house, 218 voted in favour, no one voted against and six abstained.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy Supattanapong Punmeechaow, as the government’s representative, thanked the senators for approving the bill, and pledged to use the budget efficiently and in a transparent manner for the sake of all people.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will submit the bill within 20 days for endorsement by HM the King after which it will be announced in the Royal Gazette.