An ad hoc committee is to be set up to address the problem of electronic trash and to consider whether Article 44 of the interim Constitution should be invoked by the prime minister to ban the import of electronic garbage with immediate effect.
The proposal for the setup of the ad hoc panel to deal with electronic trash was agreed upon at the meeting on Wednesday of the 5th panel of the Administrative Reform Steering Committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
The deputy prime minister was reported to be unsatisfied with the import of electronic trash into the country and instructed the Customs Department to find out which officials were complicit in the smuggling of electronic trash or in the import of the trash by falsely declaring them as ordinary trash.
Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda, meanwhile, said that, if necessary, Article 44 of the interim Constitution should be invoked to ban the import of electronic trash or ministerial regulation should be amended to ban the import.
The meeting was informed that about 90 percent of the existing 148 garbage separation plants were illegal and five out of seven electronic trash recycling facilities did not operate properly and all seven of them were owned by Chinese businessmen.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)