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Thailand Govt Says Reform a Top Priority

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The government is putting the final touches on a Thailand Reform scheme which Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva hopes to announce as a New Year’s gift to the people.

PM’s Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey said yesterday the government hoped people would benefit from the scheme through improvements in quality of life, equality and justice.

The Thailand Reform scheme, which Mr Abhisit plans to announce on state TV, will be a New Year’s gift for all Thais.

Mr Abhisit called a meeting yesterday of his working committee on the plan.

Mr Sathit said the committee was determined that the strategy would introduce greater equality in the area of justice and where social inequality existed. Also to be tackled are the economy, education and people’s quality of life.

The minister said he had supervised a scheme aimed at improving people’s quality of life; his fellow PM’s Office minister, Ong-art Klampaibul, had overseen judicial reform and social inequalities; and the prime minister’s secretary-general, Korbsak Sabhavasu, was responsible for economic reform and welfare promotion for the poorer sectors of the community. Mr Abhisit is in charge of education reform.

Mr Sathit said the working committee would meet again tomorrow and next Friday before concluding the reform plan.

The reform will cover the distribution of land and community land documents, a reduction in the cost of living of low-income people, the expansion of welfare for non-formal workers such as taxi drivers, motorcycle taxi riders and street vendors, the expansion of educational opportunities available to the underprivileged, and promote social equality, he said.

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