Hundreds of bullet-proof cars offered to graft busters

Hundreds of bullet-proof cars offered to graft busters

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has issued a regulation permitting its officials at the provincial level to request the use of bullet-proof vehicles for safety during work.

The officials, including chairmen and members of provincial anti-corruption committees as well as staff working with them, can seek to use the vehicles if they need protection while on the job, according to the new NACC regulation published in the Royal Gazette.

At present, 3-5 officials are assigned at provincial anti-corruption committees in each province with about 300 officials in these posts nationwide. The staff, including those in the sub-committees, come to about 1,000 in total.

The regulation states that other agencies working with the NACC can also request the use of the vehicles but must explain why, and forward the request through their superiors.

Meanwhile, the Constitution Drafting Committee is considering whether to remove the clause for provincial anti-corruption committees in the organic law.

CDC spokesman Udom Rathamarit said the NACC would concentrate on high-level graft involving senior officials and political post-holders while cases of corruption by officials in the provinces would be referred to other agencies.

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