BMA gets almost 80 billion baht for 2023, governor’s budget is reduced

He also said that more funds have been allocated to the departments of education, social development and disaster prevention and mitigation, while the governor’s budget has been cut. This, he said, was good because it will directly address people’s needs.

Chadchart said BMA and BMC are obligated not only to take care of the people but also to build confidence in the democratic rule of the city.

He also pointed out that decentralization is necessary for BMA and BMC to meet the needs of the people with transparency and efficiency.

In addition, the governor has proposed two projects for the approval of the council. One is to award an annual prize to civil servants and employees in Bangkok and the other is to establish a fund for public health research. The meeting appointed two extraordinary commissions to examine these projects within 15 days.

As for rewarding officials and employees, Chadchart said nothing can be achieved if their morale is low.

BMA gets almost 80 billion baht for 2023, governor's budget is reduced

At the meeting, Future Forward Party council representative Peerapong Kanokwilai said that the construction of the bridge over the Chao Phraya River at the Kiak Kai intersection should be halted until public opinion has been collected.

He also suggested that the Public Works Department should receive more funds to increase the capacity and accessibility of Bangkok’s parks, instead of giving those funds to the Environment Department.

Peerapol also suggested reducing the amount the Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism spends on trade shows, as this should be covered by the government.

Meanwhile, Democratic Party member Wirat Kongkhakhet said the environment ministry should switch from approving the purchase of diesel-powered vehicles to those using renewable energy instead.

Napak Pengsuk, another Future Forward Party board member, questioned the amount of money spent by the Lat Phrao district office on maintenance and transportation.

Sansit Naothavorn, also from Future Forward, also asked the Wattana district office to consider constructing sumps along the newly constructed roads.

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