PM asks governors to integrate national policies when tackling local problems


BANGKOK, 29 Oct 2013 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has told provincial governors to integrate national-level policies in their work to tackle problems in their localities.

Ms. Yingluck on Monday chaired a meeting held to follow up on the government’s provincial development master plan for 2015-2018. At the event, the prime minister assigned important government policies, and asked each provincial governor to deal with problems in their localities in accord with the national strategy, as well as keeping in mind Thailand’s integration into the ASEAN Economic Community. Furthermore, the prime minister asked the governors to put emphasis on environmental protection and improvement, zoning of areas in the provinces, and the 2-trillion baht infrastructure project.

Ms. Yingluck also asked the governors to collaborate with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation to quickly assist the flood-stricken, and noted that the flood relief work was entering the restoration phase. She also asked the governors of provinces with recurring floods and droughts to quicken the pace of studies being undertaken to determine long-term solutions. She also asked the governors to initiate collaborations with appropriate agencies to solve problems being faced by residents in their provinces, without needing to wait for the central government’s initiative.