Monday, August 15, 2011

If you don't see results in 6 months, get a new deputy PM!

The Yingluck government's policy statement is ready. It will be submitted to the Cabinet tomorrow. The thrust of the statement is divided into two parts: About 13 Immediate Measures and the longer-term policies based on Pheu Thai Party's election promises.

Of course, the most controverversial ones will include the 300-baht-minimum wage and 15,000-baht-monthly-salary as well as the distribution of free tablets to students starting from Primary 1.

Deputy Premier Kittirat na Ranong, who will in effect be in charge of the government's economic affairs, said within six months, at least the immediate policies will see some real results.

A reporter asked him whether he was sure of that time-line. Kittirat said, perhaps half jokingly:

"If not, they might have to find a new deputy premier."

So, both PM Yingluck and his deputy PM appear serious about the six-month deadline.

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