Srettha targets education, drugs and debt

Srettha targets education, drugs and debt

Despite a study showing great open satisfaction, PM says more work is needed.

Srettha targets education, drugs and debt
Srettha Thavisin, the prime minister, gets ready to speak at a government meeting on Tuesday. ( Photo: Government House )

Despite the government’s high help rate, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin claims, more work is needed to increase society, particularly in the areas of education, preventing drug use, and lowering household debt.

Responding to the findings of a national statistical office ( NSO ) survey that revealed a high level of public support for the government, Mr. Srettha argued that efforts should be intensified to address the issues cited.

“Education remains the country’s major concern and we must never lose sight of training development. As for family loan, we’ll come up with measures to reduce that. It’s even a goal task”, he said.

He predicted that the government may continue to draw in foreign funding, boost the economy, and create more jobs.

The NSO findings showed 44.3 % of respondents were “highly satisfied” with the government’s performance, 39.6 % were moderately satisfied and 14.1 % were slightly satisfied. From April 22 through May 15, the survey was conducted on behalf of 6, 970 people across the nation who were 16 or older.

When asked which policies or projects did 68.4 % choose to support, with the rest choosing to be a combination of the government’s universal health care program, farmer debt relief ( 38.9 % ), and tourism stimulus measures ( 33.1 % ).

Asked which issues they would like to see the government tackle urgently, 75.3 % chose rising prices of consumer goods, followed by lower power bills ( 46.6 % ).

Prasert Jantararuangthong, the minister of digital economy and society ( DES ), on Tuesday refrained from criticizing the release of the NSO survey in opposition to a recent opinion poll that suggested the ruling Pheu Thai Party’s popularity had drastically declined.

The NSO study was released about a week after the ballot by King Prajadhipok’s Institute (KPI), the Office for the Promotion of Women’s Elections and the Centre for the Development of People’s Politics. The coalition-leading party’s 36 House votes were expected to get lost in the KPI study, giving it 105 chairs if an vote were to be held immediately. The opposition Move Forward Party would win 208 tickets, compared with the 151 it won last month, the study found.

According to Mr. Prasert, the NSO review was used to assess the government’s performance following six months in office. He claimed that the results would be used to refine the government’s job and that they indicated that it was on the right track.