9 billion Baht trimmed off so far from 2016 budget


BANGKOK, 24 July 2015 – The committee on the 2016 fiscal budget has so far trimmed off 9 billion baht from the budget allocation for 18 Ministries.

According to the budget committee spokesperson, Maj Gen Chatudom Titthasiri, budgets requested by 302 agencies of 18 Ministries account for 76 percent of the entire budget. So far the committee has been able to shave off 9.754 billion Baht from the initial numbers.

The committee will proceed to consider budget allocations for the Ministry of Interior, followed by non-ministry agencies and independent organizations.

Regarding the Ministry of Defense, Gen Chatudom disclosed that the committee had decided to increase the budget for the Ministry by 10 billion Baht as a result of an increase in compensation to its regular army personnel and ranger force. He, however, noted that the committee did not allocate any budget towards the Ministry’s planned purchasing of submarines in 2016.