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With paying rice farmers top priority, General Prayuth began dividing up govt responsibilities among leaders of armed forces & police. 

A bird's eye view shows Democracy Monument and Ratchadamnoen Avenue on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Surapol Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn)


Prayuth assigns duties, pledges to pay farmers


Paying struggling rice farmers will be one of the first priorities of the new administration, coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha said, as he began to divide up government responsibilities among leaders of the armed forces and police.

Gen Prayuth, who is also acting prime minister, said a budget had been made available to make payments to farmers, who are owed hundreds of millions of baht under the failed rice pledging scheme run by the former Pheu Thai government. He said he believed the farmers would get their money within 15 to 20 days.

The army chief also said that before an election can be held, the country needed to undergo reforms in a wide range of economic, social and political areas.

Gen Prayuth made the comments as he set about dividing up government responsibilities a day after seizing control after talks to find a political solution failed.

ACM Prajin Janthong, the air force chief, will supervise seven economic ministries, according to an announcement made by the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC).

The seven ministries are finance, commerce, industry, agriculture, energy, labour and transport.

Adm Narong Pipattanasai, the navy chief, will oversee ministries related to social issues: natural resources and environment, education, science and technology, culture, social development and human security, and tourism and sports.

Supreme Commander Gen Tanasak Patmapragorn will surpervise four ministries: defence, interior, information and communication technology (ICT), and foreign affairs.

Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, the national police chief, will oversee 20 government agencies including the Secretariat of the Prime Minister, the Secretariat of the Cabinet, the Office of the Council of State, the Office of the Civil Service Commission, and the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB).

Gen Prayuth himself will be in charge of five government agencies including the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), the National Police, the National Security Council (NSC), the National Intelligence Agency and the Budget Bureau.

The NPOMC decided to have three layers of administration, with policymakers forming the top layer and comprising comprise the NPOMC chief, his four deputies and the secretary-general. The NPOMC will set immediate and long-term policies to be transformed into operation, the statement said.

The second layer of administration would transform policy into operation and covers six fields including security, the economy, psychological and social welfare, law and justice, special operations, and agencies directly under the supervision of the NPOMC chief.

The third layer is operational which will cover government agencies and the Peace and Order Maintaining Command headed by the commander of Army Region 1.

Gen Udomdej Seetabutr will head the NPOMC Secretariat.

In a meeting with heads of government agencies, Gen Prayuth told them that the country needed reform in all spheres -- economic, social and political -- before an election and that all sides must agree together.

He also emphasised that one key policy would be to ensure that no attempts would be made to insult the royal institution.

Touching briefly on details of other work he would like to see done, Gen Prayuth cited the example of integrated infrastructure development, such as building roads along both sides of the Chao Phraya River to systematically solve traffic problems, and to promote an efficient water management system.

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acting: doing the work of the usual person in a particular job while they are not there, or until a new person starts - ที่รักษาการแทน

administration: the government of a country - รัฐบาล

agency: a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ

agriculture: the science or practice of farming - เกษตรกรรม, การเกษตร

announcement: a spoken or written statement that informs people about something - การประกาศ

armed forces: a country's army, navy and air force - กองทัพทุกเหล่าทัพ

attempt: when a person tries to do something or achieve some goal, makes an effort to do it - ความพยายาม

available: that you can get, use, find or buy - มีอยู่, หาได้

bird's eye view: a view from a very high place which allows you to see a large area - ภาพที่มองเห็นจากมุมสูง

briefly: for a short time - ชั่วครู่, สั้นๆ, ในเวลาสั้นๆ

budget: an amount of money able to be spent on something - งบประมาณ

bureau: a government organisation - สำนักงาน

chief: a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ

cite: to mention something as an example - กล่าวถึง

civil service: the government departments responsible for putting central government plans into action - ราชการพลเรือน.

comment: expressing an opinion - แสดงความคิดเห็น

commerce: trade, especially between countries; the buying and selling of goods and services - การค้าขายสินค้า, ธุรกิจการค้า (commerce minister รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงพาณิชย์)

Commerce Ministry: the Thai government ministry focusing on internal and external tarde, ensuring free and fair trade and protecting consumers - กระทรวงพาณิชย์

commission: a group of people who have been formally chosen to discover information about a problem or examine the reasons why the problem exists - คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ

Council of State: an official organisation that advises the government on proposed laws and other legal matters - คณะกรรมการกฤษฎีกาและสำนักงานคณะกรรมการกฤษฎีกา

coup: the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces - รัฐประหาร

culture: the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม

defence: protecting somebody/something from attack - การป้องกัน, การต้าน, การ พิทักษ์

Defence Minister: the person in the cabinet in charge of the Ministry of Defence which oversees the armed forces - รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงกลาโหม

development: the process of using an area of land, especially to make a profit by building on it, etc - การพัฒนา

divide up: break something into pieces or parts and give them to different people -

economy: the relationship between production, trade and the supply of money in a particular country or region - เศรษฐกิจ

efficient: effective and well organised (the opposite is inefficient) - มีประสิทธิภาพ

election (n): the process of choosing a person or a group of person for a position, especially by voting - การเลือกตั้ง

emphasise: to stress something such as an idea, fact or detail; to explain or show why something is important - เน้น

ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ

environment: the natural world including plants and animals, land, water, air, especially as it is affected by human activities - สิ่งแวดล้อม

field: an area of specialized knowledge that people work, study, teach and do research in -

Finance Ministry: the ministry in charge of managing the country's money - กระทรวงการคลัง

Foreign Affairs Ministry: The ministry in charge of maintaining relations with other countries and looking after the interests of its citizens living abroad. - กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ

former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน

immediate: happening or done now, without any delay - ทันทีทันใด

in charge of: to be in a position of having control over somebody/something; having responsibility for somebody/something - ดูแล, รับผิดชอบ

infrastructure: a set of systems within a place or organisation that affect how well it operates, e.g., the telephone and transport systems in a country or the system of train tracks that a railway uses - สาธารณูปโภค

insult: to say or do something to someone that is rude or offensive - พูดแดกดัน, พูดจาบจ้วง

integrate: to combine things of different types in one effective system - รวมเข้าด้วยกัน

Interior Ministry: the Thai ministry with responsibility over the Royal Thai Police, local administrations, internal security, citizenship, disaster management, land management, issuing national identity cards and public works - กระทรวงมหาดไทย

Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc): a unit of the Thai military devoted to national security issues - กองอำนวยการรักษาความมั่นคงภายใน (กอ.รมน.)

issue: matter; a subject that people discuss or argue about - ประเด็น

justice: a fair result or punishment from a court of law - ความยุติธรรม

key: very important - ที่สำคัญ

labour: people whose job involves hard physical work that is not skilled, especially work that is done outdoors - กรรมกร, ผู้ใช้แรงงาน

layer: a thin sheet of a substance; a level of material, such as a type of rock or gas, which is different from the material above or below it - ชั้น

ministry: a government department that has a particular area of responsibility - กระทรวง

national: for the whole country - แห่งชาติ, ของชาติ

National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB): NESDB (National Economic and Social Development Board or "Sa-pa-pat") - Thai government planning agency for economic development, creates five year plans with an agenda of: 1. Alleviation of Poverty and Income Distribution problems, 2. Enhancing Thailand’s Competitiveness, 3. Promoting Social Capital Development, 4. Promoting Sustainable Development (Source: Wikipedia) - สำนักงานคณะกรรมการพัฒนาการเศรษฐกิจและสังคมแห่งชาติ

National Security Council: a government body which deals with security matters that require cabinet action or present a serious threat to the country's sovereignty - สำนักงานสภาความมั่นคงแห่งชาติ

natural resources: things such as coal, trees, wildlife and oil that exist in nature and can be used by people - ทรัพยากรธรรมชาติ

operation: a business activity - การดำเนินการทางธุรกิจ

oversee: to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม

owe: to be required to give someone money for something you have bought or money that you have borrowed from them - เป็นหนี้

policy: a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย

priority: something important that must be done first or which needs more attention than something else - การมาก่อน

promote: to encourage or support something - สนับสนุน

psychological: connected with a person's mind and the way in which it works - ทางด้านจิตใจ, ทางจิตวิทยา

range: a number of different things that are of the same general type - ขอบข่าย

reform: a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป

responsibility: a duty - ความรับผิดชอบ

rice pledging scheme: a government programme in which a fixed price, in this case well above the market price, is offered to rice farmers for their harvested rice - การจำนำข้าว

royal institution (higher institution): the monarchy - ระบอบประชาธิปไตยอันมีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข

secretariat: a group of senior people within a government or organisation - สำนักเลขาธิการ

security: the activities involved in protecting a country, building or person against attack, danger, etc - ระบบป้องกันภัย

seize: to take control of a place or situation using military force - เข้ายึดพื้นที่

side: team; one of the two or more people or groups taking part in a competition, argument, war, etc - ทีม, ฝ่าย, พรรค

social: related to society, to people and the way they are connected to each other and interact with each other - เกี่ยวกับสังคม

solution: a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation - วิธีแก้ปัญหา

solve: to successfully deal with a problem or difficult situation; to find out who is responsible for a crime - แก้ปัญหา, คลี่คลาย, หาคำตอบ

statement: something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion - แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง

struggling: having serious difficulties - มีความยุ่งยาก

supervise: to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly - ดูแล ควบคุม

supervision: the process of making sure that something is being done properly - การควบคุมดูแล การตรวจตรา

talks: negotiations; when two sides that disagree get together and "talk" to reach some agreement - การเจรจา, การเจรจาต่อรอง

touch on: to mention - อ้างถึง, เอ่ยถึง, พูดถึง,

traffic: the number of cars, trucks and other vehicles traveling along a road at one time - การจราจร

transform: to change from one form into another - เปลี่ยนไปสู่อีกสิ่งหนึ่ง

transport: to move people or things from one place to another - บรรทุก, ขนส่ง

undergo: to experience a process of change - เผชิญกับ, ประสบ

welfare: good care and living conditions - ความสะดวกสบาย, ความมีสุขภาพดี, สวัสดิภาพ

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