PM Prayuth delivers government policy to Assembly

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BANGKOK, Sept 12 — Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha today delivered his government’s policy statement covering 11 areas which his military-dominated interim administration planned to reform to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).

The one-day session began at about 10am and Gen Prayuth, also leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) which seized power on May 22, delivered the policy statement and answered questions by NLA members.

The government’s policy emphasises further developing Thailand as well as adhering to His Majesty the King’s principle philosophy on the sufficiency economy, and implementing the current Eleventh Five-Year National Economic and Social Development Plan, with guidelines laid out by the NCPO and the need of the people.

Among the key policies of the 11 areas are commitment to reducing social disparity and allowing people to better access government services, raising the quality of public health services, boosting the country’s economic potential, urging the public to play a larger role in the ASEAN Community, due to be implemented at end-2015; preserving natural resources, corruption suppression and amending legislative and judicial processes.

The government also wants to undertake political reform in the country, which was a major issue and led to the seizure of power, as soon as possible along with suppressing corruption.

After delivering the policy statement, the government would be able to start administering the country as every government agency is ordered to complete its duty plan for one fiscal year.

Thai government’s fiscal year starts October 1.