By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER SRETTHA Thavisin has offered to forgo his monthly pay and to turn it into a donation for child care activity.
Government spokesman Chai Wacharong confirmed today (Sep.28) that the prime minister has willingly offered to do without a total of 125,590 baht in monthly pay plus any allowances with intent to use that particular sum of the taxpayer’s money as a contribution to foundations looking after underprivileged children.
The prime minister’s monthly pay includes 75,590 baht in salary and 50,000 baht in entitlement pay in addition to allowances to be provided for his chairing or attending official meetings.
However, the government spokesman stopped short of saying whether the prime minister may have intended to donate his pay for such charity reasons on a permanent or temporary basis.
Srettha is looking for ways and means to promote contributions to funding for child care activities run by nonprofit organisations, beginning with this month’s pay going to Foundation For Children, Chai said.
The real estate tycoon-turned-prime minister is not the country’s first leader to donate his pay for the benefit of others.
Former prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and several members of his cabinet had temporarily done without three consecutive months worth of their pay which had been contributed to the government funding for measures against the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021.
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. Both photos: Thai Rath