Knowing about pending name changes early is quite helpful, as especially name changes of TAO give a hint that the TAO may receive an upgrade to a municipality soon. Thus it was a nice discovery, that with a major redesign of their website, the Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior (สำนักงานผู้ตรวจราชการกระทรวงมหาดไทย) now published updated versions of those meeting agendas, which this time also include a short rationale of each rename decision. The agendas are split into three lists - one for the central administrative units (Changwat, Amphoe, Tambon and Muban, though only the latter two had any name changes), one for the local administrative units (TAO, municipalities), and finally one dealing with name changes of Buddhist temples. Ignoring the temples, I have converted the agenda into a XML file to make them easier to process.
This year, there were four meetings so far.
- Meeting 1 on January 19 - one municipality, two TAO and one Muban got new names.
- Meeting 2 on April 5 - two municipalities, one TAO and two Muban got new names.
- Meeting 3 on June 26 - 10 TAO got new names.
- Meeting 4 on August 9 - 5 TAO and one Muban got new names.