Cabinet to hold meetings in all provinces

national January 13, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

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The Cabinet is expected to hold mobile meetings in all 77 provinces in order to stay in touch with each locality, Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit said yesterday, voicing confidence that political stability would enable the government to complete

“Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra plans to hold meetings and stay overnight at every province,” he said.

Yongyuth said Yingluck might not pick the same meeting venues as former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra had done, adding that mobile Cabinet meetings in the South will take place in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Songkhla and Phuket.

Yingluck is scheduled to chair her first mobile meeting in Chiang Mai next week. She said the idea of having the Cabinet convened in every province came up as Yingluck chaired yesterday’s meeting on policies pertaining to provincial clusters.

He said the prime minister instructed provincial governors to show tangible results on flood recovery efforts by March, a month after the disbursement of the funds.

The job performance evaluation for every governor will hinge on the post-flood recovery, he said.

He said he would hold talks with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in order to speed up compensation payments to residents hit by the flooding.

The government is determined to help flood victims across the country, including those living in the South, seen as the backyard of the opposition Democrats, he said.

Yongyuth said Justice Minister Pracha Promnok, in his capacity as director of the Flood Relief Operations Centre, would oversee the compensation payments.

He also said his Interior Ministry had a firm policy to punish any culprits involved in irregularities in connection with the flood relief supplies and at the same time to ensuring fairness to officials wrongly accused.

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