Reform plans now completed, set to implement April: DPM

The Deputy Prime Minister, Wissanu Krea-ngam, said the drafting of 11 national reform plans is now completed, with inputs from the general public welcomed prior to the implementation in April.

Mr. Wissanu said the government-appointed reform commissions have completed the drafting of 11 national reform plans, including the education and police reforms, within the three-month time frame as assigned.

The reform commission, which will be in office for five years, is responsible by law to ensure the elected government adhere to the reform plan, while the new government could alter the reform direction.

Mr. Wissanu said government agencies that neglect the reform guideline will be reported to the National Strategy Commission chaired by the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, who can instruct the agencies to adhere to the plan. There will, however, be no more use of Article 44 once an elected government is in office.

He has reassured the reform plans will be beneficial to the country, helping reduce inequalities and promote stability.

The reform commissions now have one month to promote the reform plan to the general public and accept their feedback before submitting the matter to the National Strategy Commission.

It is expected the reform plans will be officially implemented in late March or early April this year, which will be before the general election.