NPOMC introduces new national administrative structure

The National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC) has stressed the need of reform in all aspects before there is an election and has introduced a new national administrative structure placing all ministries into five groupings each under the supervision of an overseer.

On top of the five groupings, there is one separate unit directly answerable to General Prayuth Chan-ocha, NPOMC chairman.

Informed sources said that General Prayuth briefed senior government officials representing all ministries and governmental agencies of the new administrative structure at a meeting today.  He also urged them to try their utmost to ease colour-coded political conflict and to speed up national development.

The new structure is as follows:

–         Security grouping which includes Defence, Interior and Foreign ministries and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.  This is under the supervision of Supreme Commander Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn;

–         Economic grouping which includes Finance, Commerce, Agriculutre, Labour and Transport ministries to be supervised by Air Force C-in-C ACM Prajin Jantong;

–         Social and Psychological grouping which includes Public Health, Education and Social Development and Human Security ministries to be supervised by Navy C-in-C Admiral Narong Pipattanasai;

–         Legal grouping which includes the Justice Ministry, Attorney-General’s Office, the Anti-Money Laundering Office to be supervised by Lt-Gen Paibul Kumchaya, assistant army c-in-c;

–         Special Operations grouping which includes all units under the jurisdiction of the PM’s Office permanent secretary with the exception of Budget Bureau to be supervised by the national police chief Pol Gen Adaul Saengsingkaew.

Also at the meeting, General Prayuth said NPOMC had attached importance to the protection of the Monarchy and that those who defame or insult the Monarchy would be dealt with harshly in accordance with the lese majeste law.

Another issue of priority of NPOMC is the rice pledging scheme with farmers who are yet to receive payments from the rice they pledged with the government will get paid within 15-20 days.