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NACC to monitor junta's projects

Anti-corruption commission says same level of scrutiny will be applied to NCPO

Panthep Klanarong, chief of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), said yesterday the commission would scrutinise every mega-project under the junta with the same standards it has used to monitor projects by politicians.

He said the anti-graft agency had a duty to study all projects for transparency without discrimination.

The commission met the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday to come up with a strategy to fight corruption, he said.

He went on to say the NACC would now play a more active role in countering corruption and would mobilise public participation.

The main topics of discussion yesterday were the rice-pledging scheme and a five-year strategic plan to counter corruption, NCPO spokesman Winthai Suvari said.

He said the junta needed information from the NACC so it could call on other organisations to join the battle against graft. Winthai added that the meeting did not go into details about any specific controversial projects currently being investigated by the NACC.

Separately, Pheu Thai Party member Ruangkrai Leekitwattana called on the NACC to continue with its investigation into corruption allegations, including his demand for former deputy PM Suthep Thaugsuban's assets to be looked into. Suthep led a months-long protest against the Pheu Thai government, which was toppled by the coup on May 22.

Ruangkrai also asked the NACC to reveal the progress made in several other cases, including its investigation into his assets, and its stance on Issara News Agency's decision to disclose former PM Yingluck Shinawatra's assets.

He also asked the NACC to look into what profits that one of its members - Wicha Mahakun - may have made from many books he has written while in office.

Meanwhile, acting secretary-general of the House of Representatives, Chare Panpruang, set up a panel yesterday to look into allegations related to several controversial projects in Parliament.

Many projects have been suspended to make way for the probe, including the one that aimed to reward individuals who push for democracy, he said.

On Wednesday, Chare also ordered the transfer of 16 officials in Parliament. This came after the NCPO last week ordered the transfer of House secretary-general Suwichag Nakwatcharachai to an inactive post at the PM's Office.

Most of the officials transferred by Chare worked in offices related to finance and procurement, a move that was expected in order to make way for the inquiry into alleged corruption under Suwichag's leadership.


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