Protest group handed letter to oppose NLA’s draft social security bill

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BANGKOK, 23 September 2014  – Representatives from 14 protest groups have handed a letter opposing the National Legislative Assembly’s draft social security bill.

NLA first vice president Surachai Liangboonlertchai on Tuesday accepted the letter from members of 14 organisations belonging to the working people’s social security network who want the NLA to send the draft law back to the Cabinet for further review.

Leader of the group Manas Kosol, who was a member of the 2006 National Legislative Assembly, said that the draft social security bill will not equally benefit some 40 million insured people.

Because the Social Security Fund has a net worth of 1.1 trillion baht, its management needs to be revamped to be more transparent while opening doors for verification, he added.

Therefore, members of the network have also proposed their ideas on how the structure and the benefits offered by the new bill should be, how the fund should be managed to ensure independence, efficiency and transparency, as well as how insured people should have a say in the social security fund administration.

Mr. Surachai said that he will bring all information before the NLA whip while representatives of the network will be invited to discuss their ideas regarding the draft bill too.