Cabinet approves integrative plan to reduce inequalities and poverty

December 18, 2018, at 1500hrs, at the Government Press Center, Naree Smosorn Building, Government House, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Kobsak Pootrakul, disclosed about the cabinet’s approval on an integrative plan to reduce inequalities and poverty.

The cabinet approved in principle draft ministerial regulation of the Prime Minister’s Office on the integrative plan to reduce inequalities and poverty, B.E., which inaugurates the establishment of central agencies to oversee operations related to reduction of inequalities and poverty. The draft ministerial regulation of the Prime Minister’s Office on the integrative plan to reduce inequalities and poverty, B.E. stipulates:

1. Establishment of the policy committee on reduction of inequality and poverty, which consists of prime minister as chair and designated deputy prime minister as vice chair, with 15 committee members (by position), and no more than 3 Prime Minister-appointed experts. Secretary-General of Office of the Economic and Social Development Board will act as member and secretary. The policy committee on reduction of inequality and poverty has an authority to set policy and strategic framework, directions, criteria, and integrative plans for the operation of concerned agencies, monitor and oversee, and issue related orders in accordance with the draft ministerial regulation.

2. Establishment of the executive committee on reduction of inequality and poverty, which consists of designated Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office as chair, and Secretary-General of Office of the Economic and Social Development Board as vice chair, with 4 committee members (by position), and no more than 3 Prime Minister-appointed experts. The executive committee on reduction of inequality and poverty has authority to set key performance indicators on the nation’s social inequality, propose directions, criteria, and integrative operation and budget plans, as well as revision of related laws and measures to the policy committee on reduction of inequality and poverty.

The Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office also emphasized that an integrative effort to reduce inequalities and address poverty is a crucial part of national mobilization according to the national strategy in creating opportunities and social equity. The goal is to promote participation of various sectors, be it, private, civil society, and local communities; empower communities for self-management; and uplift quality of life of the Thai people in both health, economic, social, and environmental aspects, while the Government commits to provide fair and equal access to quality services and welfares.

Source: Royal Thai Government

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