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19 October 2009 :: 10:10:07 am 31660

Pm: Corrupt Officials to Be Severely Punished

BANGKOK, Oct 18 (TNA) -- Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said his government will severely punish heads of government agencies caught on corruption charges under the government's "Thai Strength" programme.
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Mr Abhisit’s warning, made during his weekly television and radio address, follows accusations by Rural Doctors Society that the Public Health Ministry spent money from the government budget on unnecessary and overpriced medical items for hospitals.

The rural physicians organization earlier this month demanded that both Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai and his deputy Manit Nop-amornbodi resign to open the way for a transparent investigation of the scandal.

Mr. Abhisit said his government had appointed both a scrutiny committee and a committee to review projects under the programme to ensure the transparency on procurement transactions.

He said the scandal charges leveled against the Ministry of Public Health are now under Investigation by a committee led by Dr Banlu Siripanich, a former deputy permanent secretary for public health.

In order to prevent a similar scandal at other ministries, Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij has been assigned to meet with officials of other government agencies which will implement projects and disbursed funds under the programme, said Mr. Abhisit.

“If corruption occurs, the chief of that particular agency must be held responsible,”  he added. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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