Local gov’t heads hear proposed changes to administration law

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Ninnat Chalitanon and her committees tell local politicians and administrators about sweeping changes to their job descriptions and processes under a new law proposed by the National Reform Steering Administration.
Ninnat Chalitanon and her committees tell local politicians and administrators about sweeping changes to their job descriptions and processes under a new law proposed by the National Reform Steering Administration.

Local politicians and administrators across the Pattaya area learned about sweeping changes to their job descriptions and processes under a new law proposed by the National Reform Steering Administration.

Ninnat Chalitanon of the NRSA’s Commission for the Restoration of Local Governance and Council for Driven Reform chaired the June 8 public hearing in Pattaya, which was followed the next day by another meeting in Rayong.

About 220 local administrators, councilors, government officials and civil servants are affected by proposed major changes to the Local Administration Act that, among other things, would limit the office terms of sub-district heads and village chiefs to just five years.

The proposal has drawn widespread condemnation from local bigwigs who have been allowed to remain in office for decades and build up political influence the junta claims is the foundation of local corruption.

The hearings are being used to formulate the final guidelines of the amendments that will be sent later to the national assembly.