Social development and human security perm-sec and his deputy face disciplinary probe

A panel was ordered to be set up today (March 29) to investigate the permanent secretary of social development and human security Mr Puttipat Lertchaowasit and his deputy, Mr Narong Kongkham, charged with gross disciplinary violations allegedly in connection with the widespread cheating of fund for the destitute.

Minister of Social Development and Human Security Gen Anantaporn Kanjanarat issued the order for the setting up of a panel to take disciplinary action against the two high-ranking officials, Mr Putthipat and Mr Narong.

The panel will consist of representatives from the Interior, Education Justice and PM’s Office ministries with the representative from the Education Ministry to head the committee.

The decision to from the disciplinary panel came immediately after initial findings by a fact-finding committee led by Mrs Napa Setthakorn, director-general of Social Development and Welfare Department, implicated Mr Putthipat and Mr Narong.

Commenting on the probe into the alleged embezzlement of fund for the destitute at the Khon Kaen centre for the destitute, Mrs Napa said the probe had, so far, implicated the centre’s director and three officials.

She said that it would be known within this month what disciplinary action would be meted out against the four implicated officials.

The alleged widespread cheating of fund for the destitute first emerged at the Khon Kaen centre when an intern working there, a student of Mahasarakham University, became suspicious of fishy disbursement of the fund and took the case to the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)

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