Ministry of Interior Declares No Gift Policy

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Bangkok – Permanent Secretary for Interior Chatchai Promlert has announced a “No Gift” policy for the New Year celebrations 2019 in order to create an anti-corruption culture among officials at the Ministry of Interior.

The announcement is also in line with the Organic Act on Counter Corruption B.E. 2561 (2018) and the National Reform Plan on Anti-Corruption and Misconduct, 2018-2022.

Chatchai said that the Ministry of Interior attaches great importance to the fight against corruption and malfeasance. Aware of the corruption problem, it has carried out the “Clean Ministry of Interior” program on a continual basis, with an emphasis on promoting good governance at all levels.

In this regard, he said, the ministry has called on all executives of its departments and state enterprises, provincial governors, and the Bangkok Governor, as well as other personnel, to refuse to accept gifts during the New Year festive season.

Chatchai said that greetings cards should be given or sent through online media to replace the offering of gifts. This would help promote the fight against corruption and misconduct, while reducing opportunities for bribery among state officials.

At the same time, he said, the No Gift policy will promote the social value of savings, in accordance with the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, initiated by His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It will also set a good example for public administration and for the Ministry of Interior personnel, who have been encouraged to work with honesty and accountability.

Chatchai said that the upcoming New Year 2019 would be an auspicious occasion for all officials, under the Ministry of Interior, to join hands in stepping up efforts to create and uphold the organizational culture of honesty and transparency. They should also serve as role models for other members of society to no longer tolerate corruption.