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Initial review of eight mega projects to be completed tomorrow

The committee scrutinising fiscal spending will take three days to inspect eight mega projects worth more than Bt1 billion, including the purchase of 126 new locomotives, the second expansion phase of Suvarnabhumi Airport, the one tablet per student project and the analog-digital TV conversion scheme.

Yongyuth Mayalarp, a spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said yesterday that the other projects are the State Railway of Thailand's procurement of 115 new vehicles for commercial service, the Airports of Thailand's procurement of advanced passenger check-in systems, the Energy Policy and Planning Office's fund to promote energy conservation, and TOT Plc's nationwide rollout of a third-generation cellular phone network.

The committee started its initial checks yesterday and will complete them tomorrow. It has been instructed to wrap up the probe by September.

Led by the Army's Comptroller, the committee appointed by NCPO director Prayuth Chanocha meets on Wednesdays. Other committee members include the Finance Ministry, the Budget Bureau, the National Economic and Social Development Board, the Comptroller-Gen-eral's Department and Auditor-General's Office.

If the committee suspects irregularities in any project, it must file a complaint with the Auditor-General's Office and the National Anti-Corruption Com-mission (NACC) for further investigation.

If the committee believes a project is inflated, it can propose a cut in funding. If projects lack details, it can propose their cancellation or replacement. If the project implementation is flawed, it can propose a review, Yongyuth added.


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