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    Thailand: Permanent secretary replaced

    Permanent secretary replaced | Bangkok Post: news

    Permanent secretary replaced

    The cabinet on Tuesday approved the transfer of Panita Kambhu na Ayutthaya, permanent secretary of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, to be attached to the Prime Minister's Office.

    Mrs Panita will be replaced by Wichien Chawalit, an official attached to the PM's Office.

    Sources said the abrupt transfer of Mrs Panita might be in connection with the bidding for the construction of a new building for the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.
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    Panita threatens to file complaint against her transfer - The Nation

    Panita threatens to file complaint against her transfer

    The Nation March 13, 2012 4:51 pm

    Sacked Permanent Secretary for Social Development and Human Security said Panita Kamphu na Ayutthaya Tuesday threatened to file a lawsuit against the Cabinet for having "unfairly" transferred her.

    Panita was Tuesday transferred to an inactive position of a PM's advisor. Her position was given to Wichien Chawalit, a PM's advisor.

    Deputy Government Spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said the swapping of the two positions would take effect once they were endorsed by a royal command.

    Panita said she had been preparing for awhile to face the transfer because she had conflicts with a certain politician over the bidding to construct a new building of the ministry worth some Bt1 billion.

    She said she would hold a press conference on Thursday to talk about the "unfair" transfer.

    "I feel I have been persecuted by a politician," Panita said.

    She said she would appeal against the transfer with the prime minister and file a complaint with the Merit System Protection Committee, which is equivalent to a civil services court.

    Wichien, meanwhile, said he did not know why Panita was transferred. He said he would carry out his duty as a caretaker permanent secretary pending a royal command to endorse his transfer.

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    Panita Kambhu na Ayutthaya

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    Na... an Ayutthaya?? Naaa..

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    Opposition MPs question Panita transfer | Bangkok Post: news

    Opposition MPs question Panita transfer

    Issara insists no clear evidence of impropriety

    Democrats have urged Panita Kambhu na Ayutthaya, who was abruptly transferred from her post as Social Development and Human Security Ministry permanent secretary, to fight back against the cabinet decision.


    Panita: Gathering evidence for defence

    Democrat Party list MP and former social development and human security minister Issara Somchai said the transfer was unusual and there was no adequate reason for it.

    If there was no clear proof she had committed an offence as alleged, the transfer could be deemed as an attempt to bully a civil servant, Mr Issara said.

    Mr Issara said Mr Santi should have set up a committee to investigate the allegation before deciding to transfer her.

    Mr Issara added that while he was minister, Ms Panita was a good civil servant.

    "Ms Panita must come out to fight, otherwise civil servants will lose morale," Mr Issara said, adding that Ms Panita had no affiliation with the Democrat Party.

    Mr Issara said he had appointed Ms Panita as permanent secretary because she was a capable person.

    While the Office of the Auditor-General had advised that Ms Panita had misspent 32 million baht of state funds on travel, the Democrats suspect the transfer was related to plans to build new ministry offices.

    He said when he was social development and human security minister, he asked for a budget of 800 million baht to build a new headquarters for the ministry.

    Bidding for the construction was held on Aug 31 last year during the Yingluck Shinawatra government when Mr Santi was minister, Mr Issara said.

    He said the funds for the construction were to have been allocated from the 2011 budget, but Mr Santi has yet to approve the project.

    The cabinet on Tuesday approved the abrupt transfer of Ms Panita to the post of adviser to the PM's Office and appointed a committee to launch disciplinary proceedings against her.

    Ms Panita will be replaced by Wichien Chawalit, an adviser attached to the PM's Office and a former permanent secretary of the Interior Ministry.

    Deputy government spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ad said yesterday the permanent secretary was being investigated for her ethical standards over some suspicious issues regarding her administration of the ministry.

    "The fact that she is being investigated does not mean that she has done anything wrong," he said.

    If she is cleared of any wrongdoing, he said, she would not be reinstated immediately. Rather, her case would be reviewed to see if it would be appropriate to reinstate her as permanent secretary or not.

    Jaroyporn Thoranin, spokeswoman for the Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC), said Ms Panita had 30 days to gather evidence for her defence.

    She also said the OCSC was not under any pressure from political forces and would consider the case fairly according to civil service laws.

    On the transfer of former National Security Council secretary-general Thawil Pliensri, Ms Jaroyporn said the Office of the Attorney General is in the process of filing the case with an investigative panel.

    She said the results of the probe would come out within 30 days.

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    Panita petitions PM against transfer | Bangkok Post: news

    Panita petitions PM against transfer

    Panita Kambhu na Ayutthaya, former permanent secretary of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry, on Thursday submitted a letter to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra asking for a review of her transfer to the Prime Minister's Office.

    The cabinet on Tuesday approved Social Development and Human Security Minister Santi Prompat's proposal to transfer Mrs Panita to be a prime minister's adviser at the Prime Minister's Office.

    She is replaced by Wichien Chawalit, also a PM's adviser.

    A disciplinary committee chaired by PM's Office permanent secretary Thongthong Chandrangsu has been set up to investigate her alleged mis-spending of government funds while on an overseas trip.

    Mrs Panita said before submitting the petition that the transfer order was unfair and Mr Santi had defamed her and her family in his press interviews.

    She said she held no grudge against Mr Santi, adding that her transfer might be the work of an adviser to the minister.

    Mrs Panita said she would ask the prime minister to review the transfer and investigation orders.

    If the prime minister did not respond, she would petition the merit system protection committee of the Office of the Civil Service Commission.

    Mr Santi said earlier that he sought Mrs Panita's transfer because the Office of the Auditor-General sent a letter to him on Aug 25 last year instructing him to recall a sum of money which had allegedly been mis-spent during an overseas trip by Mrs Panita while she was director-general of the Social Development and Welfare Department.

    The office also suggested that disciplinary action be taken against her, he said.

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    PM explains Panita's transfer | Bangkok Post: news

    PM explains Panita's transfer


    Building construction bidding is not the reason for the transfer of Social Development and Human Security Ministry permanent secretary Panita Kambhu na Ayutthaya, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Thursday.

    Ms Yingluck said after meeting with Mrs Panita that she had asked her for more information and is ready to give her justice.

    She insisted the transfer was not politically motivated because the ministry itself submitted the inquiry, but in any case, she will have to look further into the details.

    “I insist the transfer has nothing to do with the bidding on building construction because officials had already examined the documents, so it’s unlikely that this would be politically motivated.”

    On the quarrel between Social Development and Human Security Minister Santi Prompat and MP Prawat Utthamote, Mrs Panita’s brother, she said she did not discuss it personally during the party meeting on March 13 but there might have been talk about it between other members.

    Hours earlier, 50 members of Youth Network Thailand submitted a petition to the prime minister to halt the transfer of Mrs Panita.

    Jaroonsak Noosrikaew, the network’s leader, handed the letter to public liaison chief of the PM's Office Sathit Sutthiserm and said the transfer was totally groundless.

    He said the transfer and the formation of an investigative panel by Mr Santi is considered interference in the permanent secretary’s job and the network would like to see the PM reconsider and rescind the cabinet’s decision.

    He said Mrs Panita had done many good things for young people such as supporting the creation of the Children’s Parliament of Thailand and the funding of child development projects.

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    At the end of the day, it's up to the government. So complain about it.
    I reckon Panita was some hot stuff in her day, and well cultured too.
    She ain't so slack now, just quietly.

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    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/poli...a-transfer-row

    Santi, Pheu Thai list MP meet for talks on Panita transfer row

    Social Development and Human Security Minister Santi Prompat and Pheu Thai list MP Prawat Uttamote will face off today at a Pheu Thai-hosted meeting aimed at mending a rift between the two.



    The row between Mr Prawat and Mr Santi erupted after the cabinet approved Mr Santi's proposal to transfer permanent secretary for social development and human security Panita Kambhu na Ayutthaya to an inactive post on March 13 to pave the way for a probe into her alleged misspending of a 32 million baht fund for overseas travel.

    Mrs Panita is an elder sister of Mr Prawat.

    The lightning transfer irked Mr Prawat, who said the move had damaged his sister's reputation.

    Mr Prawat had a quarrel with Mr Santi shortly after the transfer.

    Mr Prawat last week accused Mr Santi of abuse of power and demanded the minister step down.

    He also threatened to hold a signature campaign to back Mr Santi's ouster.

    Mr Prawat's move prompted the Pheu Thai Party to intervene.

    Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit yesterday said he believed the row would be settled at today's talks, which will be chaired by Pheu Thai MP chief Apiwan Wiriyachai.

    He rejected criticism the conflict would develop into a rift in the ruling party.

    "The two only have different points of view. This is not a rift," Mr Prompong said.

    However, he said he would like both sides to stop talking in public about the matter to prevent public confusion.

    "The matter should be discussed within the party, not outside," he said.

    A government-appointed committee, chaired by PM's Office permanent secretary Thongthong Chandrangsu, has been investigating Mrs Panita's alleged misconduct and both sides should wait for the probe findings, Mr Prompong said.

    Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit yesterday said he was confident the conflict would not escalate into a rift among Pheu Thai MPs.

    He said the party would respect the result of the Thongthong panel's investigation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Panita Kambhu na Ayutthaya

    I know, imagine, the party of the people, Pheu Thai, have all these people with interesting names too....

    Because, they are the party of the people, right?

    Just ask "Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittirat Na-ranong"....

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    Thaksin steps in to resolve row between Santi, Prawat | Bangkok Post: news

    Thaksin steps in to resolve row between Santi, Prawat

    Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has stepped in to end the row between Pheu Thai list MP Prawat Uttamote and Social Development and Human Security Minister Santi Prompat.

    Mr Prawat and Mr Santi have been in conflict over Mr Santi's decision to transfer permanent secretary for social development and human security Panita Kambhu na Ayutthaya to an inactive post on March 13 to pave the way for a probe into her alleged misspending of 32 million baht in overseas travel funds.

    Ms Panita is Mr Prawat's sister. Mr Prawat last week accused Mr Santi of abuse of power and demanded the minister step down.

    He also threatened to organise a petition to demand the ouster of Mr Santi.

    In a bid to mend the rift between the two men, Yaowapa Wongsawat, the leader of a faction within Pheu Thai, yesterday asked Thaksin to intervene.

    Ms Yaowapa, also Thaksin's younger sister, invited Mr Prawat to her office.

    She made a phone call to Thaksin overseas and let Mr Prawat talk to him, a Pheu Thai source present at the discussions said.

    "I will take care of matters and will ensure justice for both sides," the source quoted Thaksin as saying.

    Thaksin also said he wanted Mr Santi and Mr Prawat to wait for the results of the disciplinary probe into Ms Panita's alleged misspending, the source said.

    The probe panel is chaired by PM's Office permanent secretary Thongthong Chandrangsu. Mr Prawat has agreed to accept Thaksin's conditions.

    Mr Prawat and Mr Santi were expected to face off at yesterday's meeting of Pheu Thai MPs but Mr Santi did not show up.

    Party spokesman Jirayu Huangsap said the issue was not on the agenda as party executives had cleared up the conflict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Panita Kambhu na Ayutthaya

    I know, imagine, the party of the people, Pheu Thai, have all these people with interesting names too....

    Because, they are the party of the people, right?

    Just ask "Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittirat Na-ranong"....
    Arn't they proper Thai family and not the long named Thai/chin foregners.

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    Just out of curiosity, what's the point in being called "Permanent" Secretary if you can be replaced by the government of the day? I know she's not the first, the previous government did it too. I thought the whole point of being a "Permanent" Secretary was that it was an a-political appointment? Just wonderin..
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    I would be curious how long Prawat's sister had been in her position as permanent secretary? nine months?

    Tom, the top two layers of the civil service are utterly politicised in thailand. its permanent as in as permanent as the party and/or politician who put you in the job has the power to keep you there

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    Controversial transfer probed - The Nation

    Controversial transfer probed

    The Nation April 20, 2012 1:00 am

    Panita

    Investigation into the controversial transfer of Social Development and Human Security Ministry's former permanent secretary Panita Kambhu na Ayutthaya, who faces allegations of misspending state funds, should be concluded early next month, PM's Office permanent secretary Thongthong Chandrangsu said yesterday.

    Panita is now an adviser to the PM.

    After the factfinding committee met yesterday, Thongthong, who is leading the investigation, said Panita had presented evidence that suggested that she had a different understanding of legal matters compared to the Office of the AuditorGeneral (OAG). Hence, he said, the committee would speak to OAG officials on April 30 before drawing a conclusion of the case in early May.

    Meanwhile Panita said she would continue with her job, because she is confident that her abrupt transfer did not go in line with the prescribed procedure. She added that would also file a lawsuit if Social Development and Human Security Minister Santi Promphat did not revoke the transfer order in a month or two on grounds that the disciplinary probe did not go in line with the prescribed procedure because it had skipped the factfinding step.

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