NARATHIWAT, Thailand (Bernama) – Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha has ordered parties in charge of implementing development projects in the violence-plagued Thai far South to accelerate the projects, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
Gen Prayut made the order when he met the relevant authorities and agencies in the southernmost Narathiwat Province on Friday.
He also instructed the agencies handling development projects to report to the government’s Committee on Strategy to Solve Problems in the Southern Border Provinces so that the government could allocate budget and jobs created in 2015.
The prime minister stressed that every agency must cooperate with each other and work as a team to enable all the projects to move forward.
As his government can exercise special power in administration, the prime minister noted, there should not be any obstacles to hinder projects from moving forward. He added that the projects must advance from now on and if no progress was made, the particular agency and officials would be “punished for violating order”.
Gen Prayut, who made his first visit to the Thai South on Friday after taking office in September 2014, said that his government will use politics, instead of military in solving violence in the Thai deep South, which has continued for almost every 11 years.a