Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Interpellation on a Tambon Council upgrade

The latest interpellation regarding the administrative subdivisions published in the Royal Gazette yesterday is somewhat odd. In this interpellation, which was submitted on November 13 last year, the member of parliament Niyom Vorapanya (นิยม วรปัญญา) from Lopburi constituency 2 asks for the Tambon Council (Sapha Tambon, สภาตําบล) Lam Sonthi to be upgraded to a subdistrict municipality. The strange part is that apparently Niyom is not really familiar with what he has asked - because the Tambon Council Lam Sonthi has been upgraded to a Subdistrict Administrative Organization in 1996 already [Gazette], the last of the Tambon Councils were gone by 2001. Thus not surprisingly, the answer from the Ministry of Interior is rather short
ปัจจุบันประเทศไทยไม่มีสภาตําบลเหลืออยู่ ดังนั้น การยกฐานะจากสภาตําบล
Right now Thailand has no Tambon Councils remaining. Therefore an upgrade of a Tambon Council to a subdistrict municipality cannot be done.
What Niyom might have meant was to upgrade the TAO Lam Sonthi (องค์การบริหารส่วนตำบลลำสนธิ), and actually this was already approved in board meeting 26/2009, but was one of the many upgrades which were delayed for four years due to budgetary reasons.

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