Labour minister steps down

The Minister of Labour, Gen Sirichai Distakul, has resigned after his close aide faced an abrupt transfer.

Gen Sirichai called on Gen Prayut at the Government House on Nov 1 to inform him about his resignation After the meeting, he tendered his resignation letter to the prime minister’s secretary-general.

He has tendered resignation letter to the prime minister’s secretary-general Gen Wilas Aroonsri on Nov 1.

Reason of the resignation from the post was not immediately known but it came after Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha exercised special power under Section 44 of the interim Constitution to transfer Waranont Peetiwan from director-general of the Department of Employment to deputy permanent-secretary of the Labour Ministry.

The Royal Gazette has published the prime minister’s Order 48/2560 appointing Mr Waranont as deputy permanent secretary of the Labour Ministry. The order attributed the reshuffle to the ministry’s administration reform for more efficiency and appropriateness.

The deputy permanent-secretary of a ministry is seen as an inactive post.

Mr Waranont is said to be Gen Sirichai’s key man in his team.

Although it was not known the exact reason behind the abrupt transfer, it was believed that his alleged failure in tackling migrant worker problems during the past three years is a key reason.

Belated registration of migrant workers has left more than 20,000 Myanmar and Cambodian migrant workers being unregistered.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy prime minister and defence minister, who oversees the Ministry of Labour, has received the resignation letter.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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