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Bureaucrats want ministers who don't interfere in their work

Ref: "Health officials ask Suthep for reform in sector", Nation, April 11.

Top Public Health Ministry officials on Friday submitted a blueprint for reform of the country's public health system during their meeting with leaders of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). The meeting was held in defiance of the caretaker government's order not to show support for the anti-government movement during working hours.

The Defence Ministry had a meeting with the PDRC a couple of days ago.

Is it surprising that ministries look forward to reform? The simplest "reform" does not need to be made? All that is needed is for governments to stop interfering with the independence of the ministries so that officials can act apolitically in the carrying out of their duties and promotion can depend on their performance and not a minister's whim.

There is corruption for some within the ministries but not without the ministers' knowledge if they are doing their job diligently. That being so, ministers should be on top of their job so that when problems arise, quick answers and remedial action is possible.

Proof of this would be the prompt production of the annual report. What happened to the 2012 year-end report due last August? That would have put the spotlight on the farmers' problems a lot earlier.

RICHARD BOWLER

Bangkok


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