DPMs defend Thai Niyom project

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalya has refuted speculation that a new commission established by the Prime Minister is designed to allow the current administration to maintain control of developments through the coming political transition.

The Deputy Prime Minister assured reporters that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha’s signing into existence of the “Thai Niyom” commission, is not a move to pave the way for his continued participation in the nation’s politics. He argued instead that the commission was approved by the PM to ensure national progress while the country transitions away from the current administration to an elected government, noting it will emphasize doing away with inequality.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Kreau-ngam similarly explained that the Thai Niyom project is to enhance the effectiveness of administration and bring together the Ministry of the Interior and other relevant offices for a more systematic approach to governance. He pointed out that the effort is an extension of the successful Pracharat model and is not some kind of reform.