Thai PM wants road maps on reform and higher civil service standards

Thai PM wants road maps on reform and higher civil service standards
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday he was sincere about improving the quality of government officers.

The prime minister said he had given an order at yesterday's Cabinet meeting that each ministry should have its own clear road map of what it would do during the first phase of reforms, until July 2017. He added that he was upset that people kept asking him about road maps and reform as he had spoken about this idea many times already.

He urged critics to recall that former foreign minister Surachai Tovichakchaikul had blamed civil servants for the government's past policy failures, including the dissolution of the water committee and the abolition of the high-speed train project.

The prime minister asked why some people continued to criticise him every day, then asked where civil servants' integrity had gone.

The PM said he had ordered Cabinet ministers to consider imposing more assessments on civil servants, in a bid to raise standards so that no one could look down on them again.

He went on to dismiss a rumour that General Kampanat Ruddit would take a seat in the Cabinet to back him up. General Prayut said such support was not necessary because he had always done good deeds and he did not need anyone to watch over him. Prayut cited a previous rumour that he would push his brother General Preehcai Chan-o-cha to become the Army chief, a story that later proved to be untrue.

General Preecha is now permanent secretary at the Defence Ministry.

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