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Srettha downsizing army of officials accompanying him on provincial tour


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

PRIME MINISTER SRETTHA Thavisin today (Sep.26) told all members of his cabinet to no longer manage to have too many government officials accompany him during his official trips to the provinces.

Government spokesman Chai Wacharong quoted the prime minister as suggesting that all cabinet members no longer give orders for too many government officials to literally hang around in his company at places where he may pay official visits or meet with local villagers as they may have usually done.

Apart from the prime minister’s entourage from Bangkok, a cabinet member may not only order the director-general of a department but a deputy director-general of the same agency, plus their subordinate officials to accompany him in addition to those who are based in the provinces where he may visit and dutifully responsive to them.

The cabinet members themselves may as well accompany the prime minister bringing along their own entourages apart from his.

But those government officials might literally stand in the way of the prime minister trying to talk with the people during his visit to the provinces, according to the government spokesman.

The prime minister would prefer a downsized army of not only government officials to accompany him from Bangkok but those who may be already based in the provinces where he may visit, the spokesman said.


Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin in Chaing Rai, above, and Phuket, Front Page, during trips earlier this month. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon

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