Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Muban rename in Nan

Published in the Royal Gazette on December 4 was the rename of one village (muban) in Bo subdistrict, Mueang district, Nan province. (Volume 125, Issue 107 ง, Page 241)

The name was changed from Ban Sala Phu Wiang (บ้านสะละภูเวียง) to Ban Sara Suksan (บ้านสาระสุขสันต์). The text of the announcement only says that the initiative to change the name came from the district, which submitted it to the province, and then to the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA). The committee responsible for deciding name changes of provinces, district, subdistricts, villages and other official places (คณะกรรมการพิจารณาเรื่อง การขอเปลี่ยนแปลงชื่อจังหวัด อำเภอ
และตำบล หมู่บ้าน หรือสถานที่ราชการอื่น ๆ) then approved the proposed name change in its meeting 4/2008 (๔/๒๕๕๑) on June 30. However, it does not contain the rationale on why the new name was chosen or the name change was considered necessary.

As a side-note - the XLS sheet with the villages in Nan submitted by DOPA to to be updated by the local authorities still lists the old name.

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