Opposition lawmakers from the Move Forward Party said the allocated budget lacks clear details and should therefore be subject to cuts ranging from 15 per cent to 40 per cent based on the budgeting of these agencies prior to the merger and because funds may be needed elsewhere due to the COVID-19 crisis.
“The royal agencies did not send a representative to explain the budget … there is only a seven-page document that did not explain much,” Becha Saengchantra, a lawmaker from Move Forward Party said in parliament late on Saturday.
The budget bureau had earlier explained to parliament’s budget committee that 92 per cent of the allocated budget for the “royal agencies” is for the payroll of its 14,275 staff.
Opposition lawmakers also raised concerns over other funds related to the monarchy that were included in planned expenditure in other ministries.
The budget for royal agencies is part of a 3.1 trillion baht draft 2022 budget. It still faces Senate and royal approval before the start of the next fiscal year in October.
Source: Channel News Asia