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Prayut eyes declaration of all state officials’ assets


PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed anti-corruption officials to conduct a study on asset declaration by every state official, Prayong Preeyachit, secretary to the National Anti-Corruption Center said on yesterday.

Prayong, also secretary general of the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), said the centre’s sub-panel proposed the idea at a meeting yesterday to tighten anti-corruption measures among state officials. So far, only high ranking officials have their assets declared following related anti-corruption laws.
The prime minister suggested the panel look at other countries to see how they handle this matter, and what impacts would follow as a result of such the practice, Prayong said. 
The initial idea was that any one newly recruited as a state official should declare his or her assets and this must be repeated when they work for a while to prevent and reduce their chances to engage in any illegal acts to gain wealth. Prayut was quoted as saying that it must be done equally to all groups of officials though the approach might be different.
The premier also suggested the centrer be upgraded into a more permanent structure with a new law enacted to support it. He has instructed the legal team to figure this out.
The centre was set up in late 2014 after the coup following the junta and the PM’s Office’s order to help advance normal anti-corruption efforts done by existing agencies.
 

Published : August 11, 2017

By : THE NATION