Thursday, February 19, 2009

Salary increase for the headmen

A news report from February 17 makes the salary of the village headmen accessible to the English world, I have never read anything on the income of these elected government officials before. The report from the National News Bureau read in total
The government was ready to increase allowances by around 7,500 baht to each of village headmen nationwide, although it had to consider its fiscal position first, according to a deputy prime minister.

Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban said today (February 17) that the government was prepared to support Minister of Interior Mr. Chavarat Charnvirakul who earlier pledged to the village headmen to increase their allowances and to maintain their legal positions.

Although the government had to think of its fiscal position first as 2010 national budget may not to sufficiently support the policy, he said that the administration would increase their allowances by around 7,500 baht a person from their earlier demanding 10,000 baht. Mr. Suthep said that the decision was not pressure by coalition parties.
The newspaper article from The Nation adds the fact that this not only affects the village headmen (ผู้ใหญ่บ้าน, Phu Yai Ban), but also the subdistrict headmen (กำนัน, Kamnan), thus both of the posts in the central administration which are elected by the citizen.

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