Ministers begin their work today


BANGKOK, Sept 15 — Several ministers in the Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha administration started their work today after taking their oath to His Majesty the King and attending an informal cabinet meeting earlier this month.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan along with Deputy Defence Minister Gen Udomdej Sitabutr first paid their respects to the shrine at the ministry and witnessed a military parade.

After a briefing on the ministry’s policy they were to meet on security later in the day.

Justice Minister Gen Paiboon Khumchaya wasted no time as he chaired a drug suppression meeting with senior officials from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and from three dialogue partners  of the group.

Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat walked into his ministry’s compound at the auspicious time at 9.09am and planned to move on a policy to offer tax incentives to those donating money supporting the ministry’s affairs.

He planned to reduce tax by as much as double of the amount of money donated to the ministry.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya, meanwhile, presented his policy to senior ministry officials and told them to urgently resolve farmers problems.

The issues are declining rubber prices, developing shrimp exports, illegal fishing, drought and assisting cooperative stores which are having difficulties.

Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda and his deputy Suthi Makboon presented policies to provincial governors countrywide via a video conference, asking them to work honestly to benefit the people.