By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER SRETTHA Thavisin today (Sep.11) pledged to implement the Pheu Thai-led coalition government’s policies for optimum interests of the country and people.
On the first day of the new government’s policy statement at parliament, the prime minister vowed to put forward four urgent policies to boost the national economy and relieve the people’s economic woes.
For starters, the much-heralded digital wallet project, primarily designed to stimulate domestic consumption and monetary circulation throughout the country, will be implemented with a 560 billion baht budget as earlier pledged, according to the prime minister.
Under the Pheu Thai electoral campaign, each Thai national at the age of 16 years and over will be given a total of 10,000 baht in digital wallet to spend in a six-month time on the purchases of goods and services within a four-kilometre radius of their registered homes.
Srettha confirmed that the government will provide moratoriums to chronic debt owed by farmers, small- and medium-size entrepreneurs and other people, especially those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Pheu Thai-led government will immediately relieve the people’s costs of living by cutting the retail prices of power, water, fuels and cooking gas whilst the procurement, production and use of clean and revolving energy will be extensively promoted, Srettha announced.
Without naming names, the prime minister said Thailand will quickly negotiate a shared exploration, production and use of natural energy with neighbouring countries.
The new coalition government will look to promote tourism to boost the national economy on a short-term basis and create relevant jobs for a large number of local villagers as well as upgrade Thailand as an international centre for trade fairs and festivals.
Meanwhile, Srettha pledged to push for constitution amendment bids to make a “more democratic and modern constitution”, beginning with the government finding ways and means to conduct a public referendum on the issue.
The prime minister also vowed to see to it that the annual drafting of military conscripts be turned around from being compulsory to voluntary and the number of high-ranking military officers including those in the Internal Security Operations Command be reduced.
The prime minister announced that the country’s national security sector will be extensively modernised and be more of a potential force to defend the country while the procurement of weapon systems and equipment be made transparent and examinable.
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin delivering his policy statement. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon
Insert: Some lawmakers listening to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s policy statement. Photo: Thai Rath