Govt’s policy presented to Parliament by Oct 8September 26th, 2008 - 2:07 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
Prime Minister Mr. Somchai Wongsawat expects to deliver the government’s policy statements to Parliament by October 8. Meanwhile, Former PM’s Office minister Mr. Choosak Sirinin was approached to be secretary general to the prime minister.
Prime Minister Mr. Somchai Wongsawat said that his cabinet holds a special meeting this morning (September 26) at Don Muang airport.
The meeting’s agenda includes establishment of a committee drafting government’s policy to be chaired by Mr. Somchai. The draft, he said, would be jointly done by deputy prime ministers and other related government agencies.
The government, he added, was expeced to deliver policy statements to the Parliament by October 8.
The new government’s first cabinet meeting today will also discuss other important couple of topics, including floods’ problem which is needed to be tackled urgently. National budget is needed to be allocated to help floods’ victims.
The prime minister added that he would coordinate with the cabinet’s secretary to allocate works to five deputy prime ministers as soon as possible.
An agenda to appoint some political officers is also included for the cabinet to consider today.
Mr. Somchai refused to say whether he would appoint former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Noppadom Pattama, to be his secretary-general. He briefly said that he was familiar with Mr. Noppadon, adding that the new prime minister’s secretary-general would be known by the next couple of days.
Prime Minister Mr. Somchai on Friday confirmed that he would appoint former PM’s Office minister Mr. Choosak Sirinin to the position of secretary general to the prime minister.
Mr. Choosak’s new assignment would be equivalent to the government’s chief of staff.
Mr. Somchai also said the government would name former MP Miss Nahathai Thiewpaingam as its spokeswoman. Nahathai’s appointment is based on the quota of the People Power Party.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand