Govt defends NCPO’s order no. 9/2559

BANGKOK, 13 March 2016 (NNT) – The government has defended order no. 9/2559 recently issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), saying that it will boost the country’s economy.

Government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the NCPO’s order no. 9/2559 was actually meant to promote the well-being of the public through government mega-projects and a revamp of disaster prevention and mitigation.

The new order enables state agencies responsible for urgent projects such as the construction of a hospital, or transport and irrigation systems to ask for the cabinet's permission to put the project out to tender, without the need to complete an environmental impact assessment (EIA) or environmental health impact assessment (EHIA) first.

In response to critics’ disapproval, Maj Gen Sansern explained that the order would help speed up mega-projects which would improve the economy and the quality of life of the people. Maj Gen Sansern confirmed that contractors would not be allowed to begin any project before an EIA or EHIA was completed.

The spokesman added that the government, the National Legislative Assembly and the National Reform Steering Assembly were reviewing the processes involved in obtaining an EIA and EHIA to pave the way for sustainable conservation of national resources and the environment.

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