New panel to probe graft allegations

Military personnel answer calls at the junta-run complaint hotline centre as part of an anti-corruption panel set up to look into complaints lodged against unscrupulous soldiers and civil servants. (Photo by Thanarak Khunton)

A panel is to be set up to look into complaints lodged against "crooked" soldiers and civil servants as part of the National Council for Peace and Order's (NCPO) campaign to crack down on corruption.

The group will work under the NCPO complaint centres established at all military units nationwide by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who wants to give people an additional channel where they can complain against dishonest officials.

Their complaints will eventually be forwarded to anti-corruption agencies, but they must first go through the scrutiny panel which will have to check the credibility of information provided to avoid any mistakes, deputy NCPO spokeswoman Sirichan Ngathong quoted army chief and NCPO secretary-general Chalermchai Sitthisart as saying, following a NCPO Secretariat Office meeting.

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