PACC proposes ministry punish 96 officials over irregularities at protection centres for destitute
The Public Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Tuesday proposed that the Social Development and Human Security Ministry should punish 96 state officials allegedly involved in irregularities found at dozens of scandal-tainted provincial protection centres for the destitute.
Under the proposal, the officials would be subject to disciplinary punishments ranging from transfer, dismissal with pension to dismissal without pension.
The PACC investigation against the 96 accused found links to three high-ranking officials who had worked at the ministry in 2017, one current official at the ministry and another retired official.
The commission will also submit the names of these five high-ranking officials for the ministry to probe, and to the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission for its own investigation, PACC secretary-general Korntip Daroj said.
Korntip also reported that the PACC investigation had covered 56 out of the total of 76 provincial protection centres nationwide.
So far, 34 of the first batch pf 37 centres are confirmed to have been subject to graft, while the other three – in Sing Buri, Prachin Buri and Nakhon Si Thammarat – are being rechecked because, despite no misappropriated allowances having been found, they may have been affected by other forms of corruption, he added.