Saturday, February 11, 2012

Urgently wanted: A Water CEO!

Premier Yingluck went on her weekly television programme this morning to announce that she was looking for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to run the newly-formed "single command" on floods and drought.

"Anyone can apply for this position. He or she will be the secretary-general of the new body that will work with all government agencies on floods and drought. He or she could be someone from within the government or an outsider," she said.

Premier Yingluck also apologized to the local villagers of Amphoe Sena of Ayuddhya province whose area was flooded last week "due to the lack of coordination among government agencies to alert the local people of the release of water from the dam."

The new Water and Floods National Committee will issue policies while an executive board will run the operations under a "single command." The premier will tour the provinces for five days starting Feb 13 to meet local governors and agencies to map out the anti-flood campaigns.

She says flooding may still occur this year but every possible effort is being exerted to keep flooding at the minimum level.

Last night's grand party at the Government House -- highlighted by the presence of Privy Council President Gen Prem Tinsulanonda -- wasn't aimed at "celebrating" but rather to ask all parties concerned to be ready to offer a helping hand in tackling possible flooding again this year.

So, get ready!

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