Former governor educates on National Reform Council

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Former Chonburi Gov. Pracha Taerat educated local residents on the structure and duties of the recently appointed National Reform Council on which he sits.

Pracha, who made his name as an outspoken governor of Narathiwat Province before coming to Chonburi in 2006, said little of what he hopes to accomplish on the panel, speaking more as a teacher explaining the NRC’s legal structure and charter.

Former Chonburi Gov. Pracha Taerat addresses local residents on the structure and duties of the appointed National Reform Council.Former Chonburi Gov. Pracha Taerat addresses local residents on the structure and duties of the appointed National Reform Council.

The reform council, comprised of former politicians, military members, and academics, was selected by the military junta to tackle 11 areas of national reform, including politics, the economy, energy, health, education, the environment and other issues.

The reforms were expected to take a year, but Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha said Oct. 15 that timeframe may be too optimistic. Elections will not be held until the NRC’s reforms are complete, the former army commander added.

The NRC also will appoint the 36-member drafting committee for a new, permanent constitution.

Pracha said all those named will work to serve the public. He said he has gathered with candidates to discuss and collect data on officers, educations and narrow the gap between the rich and the poor to be presented to the NRC.