BANGKOK, 10 April 2012 – The cabinet will today consider budget proposals from the mnistries of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Commerce, Public Health, and National Human Rights Commission of Thailand.
Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry is requesting a budget of 13 billion baht for the planned construction of Mae Wong dam in order to address the issue of regional drought and flooding. The project, overseen by the Irrigation Department and expected to take 8 years to complete, is to commence this fiscal year. The long-term dam project is part of the Sakae Krang river basins development scheme.
The Ministry of Commerce is proposing a budget of 11 billion baht to tackle the tapioca price decline. The ministry will adopt a plan to issue operators subsidies for tapioca chip and starch, instead of fresh cassava.
Meanwhile, National Human Rights Commission of Thailand is to introduce changes to employment policies to benefit former convicts. To provide greater freedom and equality to all, the commission is rolling out proposed amendments to laws preventing the employment of individuals who have been incarcerated.
The Ministry of Public Health is urgently seeking an approval for its planned recruitment of 2,666 more public health personnel including medical doctors, dentists and pharmacists. The Government Pharmaceutical Organization is also set to recommend an increase in the amount of contingency pay and insurance policies for medical units operating in the Deep South.
(NNT : Narumon Ngamsaithong)