THE NEW Cabinet approved seven key measures at its first meeting this morning (Sep. 13) and among them are free visas for visitors from China and Kazakhstan, slashing the electricity rate from 4.45 baht to 4.10 baht a unit plus amending the constitution with public participation, Thai Rath newspaper said.
A statement issued by Prime Minister-cum-Finance Minister Srettha Thavisin said the following measures had been approved:
1) The government will organise a royal ceremony in honour of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s sixth cycle, 72nd birthday next year;
2) To resolve the problem of differences over the 2017 constitution Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Commerce Minister Bhumtham Wechayachai has been assigned to take charge of appointing a “referendum study committee” based on the Constitutional Court’s guidelines to allow the people to join in designing democracy;
4) A national Soft Power Strategy Committee is being established in keeping with a campaign pledge to boost the potential of the Thai people thus increasing their income and spreading opportunities to all Thais;
5) A three-year debt moratorium for farmers and small business entrepreneurs;
6) Pay civil servants twice a month from Jan. 1, 2024 onwards;
7) Reduce the electricity rate from 4.45 baht to 4.10 baht a unit from this month’s billing cycle onwards and reduce the pump price of diesel to less than 30 baht a litre starting Sep. 20, 2023.
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. Top photo: Matichon, Front Page photo: Thai Rath
Insert: Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Commerce Minister Bhumtham Wechayachai. Photo: Matichon